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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command, says it has unbundled the Area Command to create room for greater efficiency in the service.
From the exercise, two new Customs Area Commands will be created from the hitherto one command to enhance administration and boost revenue generation.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Michael Agbara, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Idiroko border office of the command.
Comptroller Agbara explained that the approval for the unbundling was granted at the 50th Regular Meeting of the Nigeria Customs Service Board held May 21, 2019.
He said, “It will interest you to know that the Management of Nigeria Customs Service has formally communicated a development directing the unbundling and creation of eight (8) new Area Commands within the Service.
“Ogun Command is privileged to be among the beneficiaries with a view of enhancing administrative efficiency and boosting revenue generation for the Service.
“The two brand new Area Commands in Ogun state are Ogun I and Ogun II Area Commands.
“Ogun I will have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Idiroko.
“While Ogun II Area Command will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise (industries under Excise control), Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Abeokuta.
“This visionary development is based on the outcome of the Nigeria Customs Service Board at its 50th Regular meeting held on 21st May 2019”.
However, Comptroller Agbara commended sister agencies, opinion leaders, heads of traditional institutions, eminent personalities, the Media and other law abiding members of the public for their unflinching support to NCS in Ogun state.
“It is our believe that the new structure of Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun state will indeed be recipe for further cementing the existing relationship towards the overall growth, development and stability of our dear country Nigeria”, he stated.
The leading Nigerian digital printing company chooses Canon for its digital colour printing for maximum versatility
KAS Prints will rely on Canon’s innovative technologies to provide its customers with the best innovative printing services
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, August 7, 2019/ — Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (www.Canon-CNA.com) world-leader in imaging solutions, is proud to have among its clients KAS Prints, a leading Nigerian digital printing company, and to participate fully in the development of its business objectives. This collaboration, based on commitment, multi-sector knowledge, secure data management and high value-added solutions that guarantee sustainable innovation, allows them to combine their mutual know-how to provide KAS Prints customers with unique and unmatched services.
Canon’s continued investment in research and development, offers KAS Prints confidence that they are using technologies specifically designed to improve their productivity and data security. Canon appreciates that customer expectations in the digital and printing industries are constantly evolving which has an impact on business models in all imaging sectors. Integrated and intelligent applications allow businesses to reduce the complexity of challenges related to their environment and contribute to positive value creation.
“We have found in Canon a trusted partner with whom we share the same values and is committed to helping us successfully anticipate our customers’ needs especially in our offering of the latest solutions. Canon’s long-standing experience in the digital and printing world encourages the emergence of innovations that will transform service delivery for our customers. We will be able to quickly adapt to any changes in the printing sector which will enable KAS Prints to maintain its leading position in the digital print market” said Ademola Kasumu – Managing Director and CEO, KAS PRINTS.
Tenaui, the official representative of Canon in Nigeria, was of a big support to build this strong relationship between Canon and KAS. “Tenaui is really proud to have a valued partner such Canon and we are working very closely with the team to generate and develop more business in the country” added Yasser Alfara, Managing Director, Tenaui.
“We are very proud to be able to welcome KAS Prints among our customers to whom we have already provided C10000 printers. KAS Prints has a diverse customer portfolio and we are committed to supporting them with increasingly innovative and reliable high-performance state-of-the-art machines. I am confident that this is the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership that will last for the foreseeable future, as Canon helps KAS Prints achieve the goal of placing the customer at the heart of service delivery. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tenaui who continues to support us and have enabled us in recent years to pursue satisfactory growth in Nigeria” concluded Somesh Adukia Regional Sales Office Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).
While remaining a key prestigious event, the African Football Night also becomes a platform engaging the sports community and public and private decision-makers to develop the African sport economy
LOME, Togo, August 5, 2019/ — As a conclusion to 6th edition of The African Football Night, Foot Media Events (https://FootMediaEvent.com) and the Organizing Committee released the key facts and figures of the event held on 27 July in Lomé under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Faure GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic. With 6 awards given to African football legends including Daniel Amokachi, Shabani Nonda, TP Mazembe, Thierno Seydi, Mohamed Aboutrika and Emmanuel Adebayor, 614 participants to the Gala Dinner, a record attendance of 30,000 enthusiastic supporters at the newly inaugurated stadium of Kégué, 15 media partnerships, a panel and a business networking event dedicated to the African sports industry, the 6th edition ofThe African Football Night is definitely a success.
“The Togolese Republic was very proud to welcome this federating event in its capital, in line with Togo’s wish to host major Pan-African events,” said Folly Bazi Katari, Minister for Communication, Sports and Education to Citizenship of the Togolese Republic. “This event also gave us a great opportunity to present Togo’s efforts to promote sports activities, notably through the construction of new infrastructures and through the development of high-level training activities. Togo is committed to its athletes and federations and is keen to promote the sport industry as a whole,” he added.
A member of the organizing committee and director of Impulse Africa, Anne-Elvire Esmel spoke about the innovations of the 6th edition, whose theme was Sport and Development: “First, a business networking event allowed for presenting some key projects of interest to the sports community, including the AfricArena and DiaspoLab funds designed to support initiatives with a strong social and economic impact in Africa, and the MercyShips hospital ship project,” she explained, adding: “We then organized a high-level panel with Joseph-Antoine Bell, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Founder of the Diambars Institute, and Samba Bathily, President of the ADS Group, on economic development opportunities in the sector, particularly in terms of training and enhancing sports infrastructure“. These two concepts have been successfully tested and may be repeated again in the future.
“For the organization of this 6th edition, we have received an incredible support from the Togolese authorities, to whom we are very grateful. The coordination process was very efficient and enabled us to reach a result that was beyond our ambitions. I also want to thank all the teams mobilized in Lome, Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Dakar and Paris for their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. The African Football Night demonstrates that we now have the African skills and competences to deliver high quality events on this continent, “said Yves Sawadogo, President of Foot Media Events and promoter of the project. “We want to remain a key milestone in the African sports calendar while becoming a reference platform bringing together sports communities closer to the private sector and public decision-makers, in order to allow for concrete projects in favour of sport in Africa to emerge” he added, explaining his long-term vision.
A documentary film focussing on key highlights of July 27 will soon be available. The teams have already started to prepare for the next edition, following the same approach consisting in involving sports communities, public institutions and private sector actors and encouraging them to act positively in favour of the development of sports value chains in Africa.
HUNDREDS of Nigerians gathered again to celebrate the third D-Blaze Entertainment Music Awards 2019 (DBE MA) in London over the weekend that saw the handing out of honours to 30 artists who have excelled in the UK diaspora community.
At the event which took place at the Old Stratford Town hall in east London, a variety of entertainers were honoured with plaques in recognition of their services to the industry. Among those who attended the event were dignitaries like the Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo1 of Ghana and the chairman of the Africanvoice Prince Mike Abiola, Dr Dayo Olomu and the chairman of the ( Trumpet ) Femi Okutubo who both handed out awards to the recipients.
DBE Music Awards founder Hrh Prince Tade Olusile, said: “We have a thriving and vibrant entertainment industry among the UK diaspora community and we decided to launch this initiative to recognise and celebrate them. Looking at the calibre of those who were honoured, we hope that this will also serve as an inspiration to young up and coming artists.”
Among the winners of the night were
Best african gospel act: Lady Evangelist Ajara.
Best male Gospel act: The Unstoppable.
Best female gospel act: Joyful Praise.
Best female act: Shady Blue.
Best gospel act: T24realgrace. Best male act: Olu Dre.
Best male newcomer: Danny Lampo.
Best female newcomer: Regine Garnier.
Other included Best rnb/soul act: Jordan Adetunji.
Best song: Megastar.
Best comedian: Akpos.
Best Promoter: Esho Promotions.
Best Gospel Male Newcomer: Olatempo Alasepe,
Best new discovery of the year: Ladi D.
Best indigenous male act: Innocent.
Best MC of the year: Ella Pat T.
Other were Best Producer: Seun Oke.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Evang Funmi Alayo Anifowose.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Busola Omo Jesu.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Ronke Olubanwo.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Bola Oshodi.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Ruth Talabi.
Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Bamidele Farinre.
Also awarded on the night were Outstanding Achievement in gospel music: Adeola Prosper.
Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment: Otun Ara Tv.
Outstanding Achievement in Tv Show: Rose On All Sides Tv.
Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Entertainment: Raazia Hamid.
Outstanding Achievement in movie: Seyi Alabi.
Outstanding Achievement in movie: Nicki Moore.
Outstanding Achievement in movie. Yemisi Banjoko Ogunyemi.
In an night that featured entertainment, music and an array of African cuisine, there was a live performance from Vera Tunes, Blessing Olubanjo, EMPrince, BMystireo, Crown, Seun Oke, Joyful Praise, Jordan Adetuji, Regine Garnier, Olu Dre, Lady Evang Funmi Alayo Anifowose and Danny Lampo.
Other community leaders who were also on hand to present awards included Queen Naa Tsotsoo Sayoo 1, Tv presenter Otunba Olabode Osenie, Cllr Shade, and Dr Dayo Olomu, Prince Mike Abiola, M A Benson, Femi Okutubo, Lady Oluyemisi Akinbola, Dr J Olu Adegbite, Rev Dr Prisca Richard’s, Pastor Ola and Biodun Paseda.
According to Prince Olusile, now that the third event has held successfully again, DBE Music Awards should become an annual feature in the diaspora social calendar.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma visited Nigeria in his first overseas trip in the role to see how UK aid is helping to generate trade and investment opportunities – both for African and British businesses.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and during the two-day trip, which concluded on Friday 2 August, Mr Sharma met the country’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as well as Nigerian and British business leaders.
They discussed the billions of pounds worth of opportunities for UK trade and investment ahead of the UK-Africa Investment Summit, which is due to take place in London next year.
Mr Sharma also visited the Viathan Independent Power Plant in Lagos – supported by UK aid – which provides power for street lights, schools, hospitals and public buildings, that are critical for Nigerians to access healthcare, education and employment.
He also went to Kaduna in northern Nigeria where he visited a primary school to see how UK aid is helping children receive at least 12 years of quality education.
The programme includes training teachers to deliver core subjects like English, maths and science, as well as improving school enrolment and attendance.
By 2050, 1 in 10 children will be born in Nigeria and the country needs more than 3.9 million new jobs every year to keep pace with population growth.
Since 2015, UK aid has helped 360,000 children gain a decent education in Nigeria which will in turn help them find jobs and boost incomes.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said:
“On my first overseas trip as International Development Secretary to Nigeria, I saw first-hand Africa’s potential and am excited at the prospect of helping to develop this further at next year’s UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.
“I saw how a power plant, part-funded by UK aid, is lighting up schools and hospitals, creating jobs and supporting economic growth. This is lifting people out of poverty and helping to grow Britain’s trading partners of the future.
“A prosperous, growing and trading Nigeria is firmly in the UK’s interests and our relationship will continue to thrive as we leave the EU.”
This visit comes ahead of the UK-Africa Investment Summit – which is being co-ordinated by the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Trade – which is due to take place in London in January 2020.
The UK-Africa Investment Summit will bring together businesses, governments and international organisations to strengthen the partnership between the UK and Africa and help generate billions of pounds of opportunities for both British and African businesses.
The UK aims to be the biggest G7 investor in Africa by 2022 and is supporting Nigeria’s economic development through specialist expertise and financial products such as bonds.
The UK is looking to provide £1 million through a new partnership with the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to give countries like Nigeria the expertise they need to develop such local currency bonds.
Nigeria could, through these bonds, raise the finance it needs to invest in infrastructure and create jobs. Working through the London Stock Exchange and GuarantCo, it could borrow in Nigerian naira – its own currency – without taking on the significant risk associated with borrowing in foreign currencies such as US Dollars.
This would build on the success of India’s Masala Bond market in London. Mr Sharma was part of the team that helped develop the Masala bond market in London in his previous role as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India. This allowed India to raise finance on the London Stock Exchange and invest in infrastructure and create jobs.
The UK will also support the Nigerian Government to introduce key economic policies through a new £3.5 million Champions of Change initiative. This will provide UK expertise to the Nigerian Government, so they can deliver better public services, help reduce poverty and ensure economic growth is for everyone.
In addition, UK aid is working on boosting future UK-Nigeria trading relations. For example, UK aid is supporting a new programme with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council to diversify Nigeria’s exports, help non-oil exporters comply with British standards and encourage British and Nigerian traders to work more closely together.
From 2015 to 2018, UK aid to Nigeria has helped:
Ayo Adepoju was appointed as the Acting Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2019
LOME, Togo, August 5, 2019/ — Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, ETI (https://Ecobank.com), the Lomé-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, announces that Ayo Adepoju has been appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer, with immediate effect. As a member of the Group Executive Committee, he will report directly to the Group Chief Executive Officer.
Ayo Adepoju was appointed as the Acting Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2019.
Ade Ayeyemi Group Chief Executive Officer said: “We are pleased to announce Ayo’s appointment as Group Chief Financial Officer. During the period in which he has been performing the role in acting capacity, Ayo has shown clear capacity to lead our finance function. His financial acumen, industry knowledge and company experience, including playing a key role in our recent inaugural Eurobond issuance, make Ayo well qualified to provide financial leadership and strategic vision to the bank. I warmly congratulate Ayo and look forward to continuing to work with him closely”
Prior to his current role, Ayo Adepoju was Group Head of Business Performance and Analytics. He worked on the strategic aspects of the financial management of the Group, including close equity investor interaction. He has built up significant experience within the Group and has a deep understanding of the underlying drivers of the business across Africa which are imperative for the continued growth of the Group.
Ayo has also worked in the past as Ecobank’s Group Financial Controller, when he was responsible for financial and regulatory reporting for the Group. Prior to joining Ecobank, he had a career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Lagos as an Assurance Manager in the financial services practice. He is an Accounting graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours and has an MBA from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) with national overall best prize awards at two consecutive stages of the ICAN examinations. He has attended executive education courses at both the Harvard Business School and the London Business School.
Lux Afrique, the first African Luxury brand in the UK brought Richmond to a stand still with charity polo game, musical festival, cultural display and top global personalities. Friday 3rd August with a moderate UK’s weather at its best, saw a draw polo game amongst selected global players which included African polo players.
The day started with networking among the ticketing guests, drinks, canapes and the beautifying of the Ham Polo club of various attires dominated by Ankara fabrics. The spirits was very high and remained so to the last minute of the closing event with music and dancing never seen before in Richmond. A carnival of joyful faces. The dressing and outfits were wonderfully displayed,
Africa at its best, mesmerising – chic, beautifully adored, colourful, loud and stronger than last as to be expected at a luxury African polo event in Europe. The event had a special vibe attached to it – building and developing the positive alternative to making Africa proud. The crowd were brilliant, professionally and culturally presented. There were also winners for the well-dressed man and woman.
The day’s game was made possible with the prayed uniquely British weather in the region of about 22 degrees and the more than 1000 fans and celebrities had a gracious outing watching and celebrating the Luxury brand’s second year game with their non-African rivals. The finest players from the continent of Africa available and others battled it out by representing “The best of Africa” against “The rest of the World”. Ham Polo Club was founded in 1926 and the only polo club in Greater London.
The moderate weather made the enthusiasm and interactions a festival outing and can be seen on the faces of attendees. The social media was not left behind in reporting the event with the hashtag #luxafriquepolo. The transmitted onto social media was having more 1000 times posts between the platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and still counting as of the time of this report.
The formalities of the event were few remarks by the Founder Alexander Amosu and other sponsors. Nigerian and Africa top media personalities such Mr. John Momoh (CEO of Channels TV), Alistair Soyode (Founder BEN TV) were seen; also others are Lyndsey of Yanga TV, ABN TV Executives and Femi of Magazine Show. to support the event were Dawn Burler (MP Brent), Kanya of MOBO Awards, Danny Shitu amongst others.
This year’s event showcased the continual mission of the company to promote emerging up and coming teams and players championing the rapidly growing sport in Africa and providing them an avenue and platforms to compete on prestigious, British polo ground and expands their skills in today’s global competitiveness.
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