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ActionAid, ECOWAS, stakeholders want improved safety measures on food


The ActionAid Nigeria, the ECOWAS Commission and stakeholder in the agriculture sector, have called on various governments to ensure proper sanitary measures on local and exportable produce to improve food safety.

The stakeholders said this in a communiqué at the end of a two-day Consultative Meeting on 2019 Agriculture Budget on Wednesday and signed by Mr Azubike Nwokoye, Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Programme, ActionAid Nigeria in Abuja.

It said that poor food safety and phyto-sanitary measures had been identified with some Nigerian agricultural commodities including yams and beans.

The stated that there was the need for the Federal Government to channel more of its agricultural investments to the production of locally fabricated simple farm machines.

It noted that locally fabricated farm implement would match the soil requirement of Nigerian agro-ecological zones and be easily accessible to smallholder farmers.

“Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures and general food safety issues have been identified with some Nigerian agricultural export commodities such as yam and beans.

“It is important that food safety issues for both domestic consumption and export markets are improved upon.
“The 2019 and subsequent years agriculture budget should be gender sensitive.

“The sector should invest more in locally fabricated simple farming machines according to the soil requirements of Nigerian agro-ecological zones which the smallholder farmers can easily access and manage,’’.

The stakeholders while commending the government for the continuous increase of agriculture budgets since 2016, said there was need to increase the percentage of agriculture budget to hit 10 per cent provided by the Maputo/ Malabo declarations by 2019.

According to the communique, farmers especially smallholder women farmers who produce over 60 per cent of food consumed in Nigeria are not currently involved in the agriculture budgeting processes.

It said that there was no formal strategy to involve women farmers and this had resulted in untapped potential of women farmers and the attendant low agricultural productivity in the country.

The stakeholders in the communique called for adequate monitoring of the implementation of agriculture projects by relevant stakeholders.

It said that stakeholders from Oxfam, Nigeria, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environment and Water Resources, Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON), attended the meeting.

Others are representatives from the Association of Small-Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN); the media, academia, Research & Finance Institutes as well as other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Program Management is an Area to Realize Value by Tuoyo Omatsuli

Program Management is an Area to Realize Value by Tuoyo Omatsuli

Tuoyo Omatsuli said Sophisticated program management and program advisory services help deliver consistent, cost-eff ective results at scale by combining a rigorous, quantitative approach with deep expertise and qualifi ed professionals. More than just delivering on time and budget without sacrifi cing quality, it can help unlock business value with improved reporting, industry insight and value management. Given project management’s ability to “make or break” business change programs or IT implementations, Accenture has a dedicated, industry-leading practice with specialized skills and strong methodologies. Tuoyo Omatsuli regularly advise on four areas to bring complex projects or programs to a successful conclusion; they form the foundation for robust, mature program management .

  1. Governance and design authority: An eff ective governance framework establishes documented terms of reference, empowered and engaged steering groups with increasing levels of seniority up to C-level, resource prioritization processes, and a project management offi ce (PMO) to supervise quality and cost. A design authority engages the right people in key user groups, helps teams understand the implementation’s impact and safeguards solution integrity.
  2. Consistent and comprehensive standards: With consistent standards, organizations can track and manage dependencies, address issues and risks with appropriate governance, gain early insights, and fl ag departures from plan. Since no project runs without issues, early insights are key to taking corrective action.
  3. Delivery model and methodology: Most large enterprises now require a combination of Agile, Waterfall and other delivery methods to successfully juggle the range of projects and technologies in play. Experienced professionals and advanced methodologies tailored to multi-speed IT help support multiple implementation methodologies across suppliers, technologies, projects, front- and back-end, and support and development.2
  4. Release planning and management: A well structured demand management funnel helps to prioritize projects, support sound investment decisions and monitor the business case. Eff ective release planning identifi es optimum project sequencing to deliver incremental/early benefi ts. Ongoing release management maintains technical health and production routes across the enterprise, including resource planning, environments, and development operations (DevOps).3
  5. Underpining all these areas is the right tooling; without a consistant and eff ective set of tools for managing day to day program activities, productivity will be impaired, gaps will appear and ultimately quality will suffer.

University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN Business School UNNIBIZ Admission for 2017/2018 Academic Session Begins.

The UNN Business School UNNIBIZ Admission Form is out. Applications are hereby invited from prospective students for admission into the School for the 2017/2018 academic session.

UNN Business School offers regular Professional Programmes leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). The Business School also offers Executive MBA and Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Executive DBA) programmes, and Short-Term Certificate Courses at Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria.

    These are as follows:

I. PGD Regular Programmes
• PGD (Accountancy): full-time/part-time
• PGD (Banking and Finance): full-time/part-time
• PGD (Management): full-time/part-time
• PGD (Marketing): full-time/part-time

II. MBA Regular Programmes
 MBA (Accountancy): full-time/part-time
 MBA (Banking and Finance ): full-time/part-time
 MBA (Management): full-time/part-time
 MBA (Marketing): full-time/part-time

I Executive MBA
• Executive MBA (Human Resource Management)
• Executive MBA (Hospitality and Tourism Management)
• Executive MBA (Risk Management)
• Executive MBA (ICT and Business Decision Making)
• Executive MBA (Public Sector Accounting)
• Executive MBA (Taxation)
• Executive MBA (Marketing Communications)
• Executive MBA (Oil and Gas Marketing)
• Executive MBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
• Executive MBA (Finance)
• Executive MBA (Enterprise Resource Planning)
• Executive MBA (Ethics and Sustainable Development)
• Executive MBA (Power and Environmental Resource Management)
• Executive MBA (Agri-Business)

II. Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Executive DBA)

These are in specific areas of students’ interest.

The UNN Business School offers all-year-round short-term certificate courses in the following areas:
• Leadership and Change Management
• Credit and Risk Management
• Industry Studies for Bank Lending
• Human Resource Management
• Industrial Relations
• Small Scale Business Management
• Small Scale Business Financing
• Events Management
• Public Sector Accounting and Administration
• Maritime Management
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management
• Real Estate Finance
• Real Estate Marketing and Management
• Local Government Administration
• Local Government Financing and Management
• Preparing for Retirement and Managing Retirement Benefits
• Public Finance and Taxation
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Transport and Logistics Management
• Project Management
• Public Relations
• Oil and Gas Marketing
• Agricultural Produce Processing Management
• Public Diplomacy and International Relations
• International Business
• Total Quality Management
• Time Management
• Managing Microfinance Banks
• Social Entrepreneurship
• E-Business and Commerce
• Ethics and Sustainable Development
• Power and environmental management
• Accounting for Non-Accountants
• Finance for Non-Finance Managers


a. Regular PGD Programme
 Five credit passes including English Language and Mathematics at the ‘O’ Level, and
 Bachelor’s degree not lower than third class in relevant discipline from a recognized university, OR
 Bachelor’s degree with at least second class lower division in an area not related to Business Administration/ Management Sciences, OR
 Higher National Diploma at upper credit level in relevant area.
 Relevant professional qualifications are added advantage.

b. Regular MBA Programme
 Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of second class lower division from a recognized university, OR
 A Postgraduate diploma from a recognized institution with cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a five (5) point scale or 2.50 on a four (4) point scale.

 Executive MBA Programme
 A minimum of five (5) years working experience in industry, organization or business, plus
 An honours Bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma in any discipline (irrespective of class in any of them).

d. Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Executive DBA)
 Minimum of 10 years working experience in industry, organization or business, plus
 Executive MBA or Masters degree in any business-related discipline.

Regular Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)
Full-time: Two (2) semesters (Minimum); 4 semesters (Maximum). Part-time: Four (4) semesters (Min); Six (6) semesters (Max).

Regular MBA Full time:
Four (4) semesters (Min); Six (6) semesters (max). Parttime Six (6) semesters (min); Eight (8) Semesters (max)

Executive MBA
Weekend programme (0ne contact per month): Four (4) semesters (min); Six (6) semesters (max)

Executive DBA
Weekend programme (one contact per month): Six (6) semesters (36 months).

(i) Admission into the Executive MBA and Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is made twice in a year – September/October and March/April.
(ii) Applications for Professional Regular PGD and MBA programmes are considered once in a year – September/October.
(iii) Certificate courses are offered all year round by the School for individuals and organisations in private and pub

i. Candidates seeking admission into the postgraduate programmes of the UNN Business School can complete ONLINE Application Forms after the payment of a non-refundable application fee through the Remita platform in any designated Bank.
ii. Application fees shall be paid as follows:
 Regular Professional PGD -N25,000.00
 Regular Professional MBA -N30,000.00
 Executive Professional MBA -N50,000.00
 Executive Professional DBA N60,000.00

Applicants should log-on to and follow the procedure stated below;
 Click on UNN Portal through this link:
 Click on Postgraduate Students.
 Click on UNN Business School Application Form to generate invoice for payment.
 Use your phone number to generate invoice to enable the University reach you for other information.
 Proceed to any Bank with Remita platform for payment
 Return to the UNN portal with your RRR from the bank and follow the procedure for completing the Form.

iii. Referees Report:
Candidates should fill in their referee full names and emails online. A link will be sent to the email addresses of the referees. The referees are to complete the online referee forms and submit same online. The contents of the forms will be available to the School of Postgraduate studies and also available for print out by the respective applicants. Submit the referee report with all other documents for admission processing. Please note that applications would not be processed unless the referees’ reports are available.
*Enter correct email addresses of your referee.

iv. Transcripts:
Candidates should download transcript request forms (D2) also provided online, and submit to their former Universities/institutions requesting them to forward it with a copy of his/her academic transcript(s) to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and marked “UNN BUSINESS SCHOOL” to reach him not later than one month from the date of this advert/publication.

The School will not process the applications of candidates whose transcripts are not received on or before the deadline.

v. Submission of Completed Application Forms:
Candidates will complete most information online. Thereafter, a copy of the online completed application form should be downloaded and printed. The printed application form with the relevant documents as listed below should be posted or delivered to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (marked “UNN BUSINESS SCHOOL”):

a. Two copies of the application summary form (D3) available online should be downloaded and printed.
i. One copy of the printed summary form (D3) should be glued very neatly (Not stapled) on a brown 9”x 13” envelope marked “UNN BUSINESS SCHOOL”;
ii. The second copy of the printed summary form (D3) should be glued neatly (Not Stapled) on a white 9x 13” file jacket marked “UNN BUSINESS SCHOOL”.
iii. Copies of referee report.

(b) Copies of all qualifying certificates and other accompanying documents should be placed in the file jacket specified in (a.ii) and the File Jacket should be slipped into the marked brown envelope specified in (a.i) above.

All documents must fit into the 10” x 15” envelope marked “UNN BUSINESS SCHOOL” addressed and delivered by courier to “the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Application starts from the date of this advertisement and closes 30 days from the date of the advert.

Please note that this advert supersedes the earlier one made for the 2017/2018 session.

Chris Igbokwe Esq
University of Nigeria.

Davido’s 30 billion slang goes on a $100,000 diamond chain

Davido’s 30 billion slang goes on a $100,000 diamond chain. O.B.O! Baddest. The CEO of DMW music and popular trend setter of the “30 billion for the account o” took to his snap chat account to show off his new customized diamond encrusted necklace.The piece designed by Ice Box Jewelry in the US was encrusted with the inscription on it  ’30 Billion Gang’ the piece is said to cost $100,00o.

Image result for davidos 30 billion gang chain

The singer and father of two is known for his lavish lifestyle and doesn’t let anything get between him and his fun just some months ago complete his OBO MANSION in lekki, lagos state.

China and Nigeria have undertaken public-private partnerships to provide financing for large scale infrastructure projects

China and Nigeria have undertaken public-private partnerships to provide financing for large scale infrastructure projects.

China’s growing interest and strengthening economic ties with Africa have been well-documented, Nigeria is no exception. The Chinese government has initiated various channels of developing relations with the Nigerian government. Apart from bilateral trade and investment agreements, the Chinese public-private partnership projects have provided financing for large scale infrastructure projects, including:

• The Abuja-Kaduna Rail Modernisation Project that aims to modernise 186km of rail, including 36 new bridges and 9 new fully developed stations along it. For the partnership, the Chinese government backed China Exim Bank provided a $550m concessionary loan, the Federal Government of Nigeria funded $374mn and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation was awarded the main contract.

• The $5bn first phase of the Lekki Free Zone, spreading across 3,000 hectares of land on the edge of Lagos, is owned 60% by Chinese government backed companies and 40% by Lagos state. The consortium would create the infrastructure for the free zone e.g. roads, power plants and water plants. The Chinese shareholders plan to use the land for manufacturing. Such partnerships allow firms to maintain private ownership but the government backing aids the creation of a strong local foothold. The total free zone, by the time it’s completed, would span across 16,500 hectares of land bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Lagos and Lekki lagoons, which will include a deep-water sea port and a new international airport in close proximity.


Women and Finance: Unlocking Africa’s Hidden Growth Reserve

The number of women entering the workforce in Africa has been substantially increasing over the last decade while women-owned businesses are a growing share of all enterprises in many African countries. According to the WBES, about one third of formal surveyed firms reported female ownership participation. However, while there has been an increase in women’s contribution to employment creation, productivity and expansion of export sectors, women still face significant challenges to participate in the economy and acquire equal rights to men in Africa. This translates into a non-negligible growth loss for the continent. For instance, it is estimated that Uganda has foregone 2% of GDP growth per year because of policies that restrict women’s full participation in the economy (Ellis et al, 2006).

One corollary to the exclusion of women in Africa is the challenge that female entrepreneurs, and women in general, face to accessing finance compared to their male peers. Notably, women account for only 20% of the banked population of the continent, compared to 27% for men. Women’s financial inclusion is an underused source of growth that should be harnessed to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. In addition to the economic benefits, financial inclusion of women has social benefits. Indeed, research has shown that women use their earned income and savings more productively, channeling a large share to children’s nutrition, clothing, health, and education (Burjorjee et al, 2002). This chapter describes the state of women’s financial inclusion in Africa, by looking at different aspects that include access to financial services, the usage of these services, and reasons for their limited access to credit. It then discusses the constraints and obstacles to women’s financial inclusion. The chapter concludes with some key policy recommendations to achieve more inclusive financial systems for women in Africa.

Naira Extends Gains as Dollar Glut Hits Market – THISDAY

The naira sustained its momentum on the parallel market yesterday, appreciating significantly by N20 in one day to close at N380 to the dollar, stronger than N400 to the greenback at the close of trading the day before.


Similarly, the local currency firmed up on the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the market yesterday, trading at between N376 and N378 to the dollar in Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

The gains were largely influenced by increased dollar liquidity in the economy, as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sustains its intervention in the foreign exchange (FX) market.

The CBN pumped a total of $380 million into the market between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.Expert wants CBN to reduce interest rate to further strengthen naira

It also simplified the documentation process for small and medium sized businesses to enable them import eligible items and increased both the amount and number of sales to BDCs.

According to a source at the central bank, the naira is expected to appreciate further when the BDCs get another tranche of $20,000 from the CBN today.

Analysts had rightly forecast that with the forays by the CBN in the various segments of the market, the naira would strengthen against the greenback and other convertible currencies this week.

Financial Derivatives Company Limited yesterday said that the naira would strengthen further on the parallel market “in the days to come”.

CBN spokesman, Mr. Isaac Okorafor recently assured FX end-users that the central bank would sustain its dollar injection in the market.

He also asked market participants to abide by the rules to ensure the preservation of the external reserves, stability of the financial system, and growth of the economy.

Despite all dollars pumped into the market by the central bank, the accretion of Nigeria’s external reserves remained undented, rising by $279 million to $30.586 billion as of Wednesday, from $30.307 billion two weeks before.

Also, following the federal government’s bid to create the enabling environment for doing business in Nigeria, the central bank yesterday announced the reduction of documentation requirements for imports and exports.

The timeline for processing the Nigerian Export Proceeds (NXP) Form was also revised.

The CBN stated this in a circular signed by its Director, Trade and Exchange Department, CBN, W.D. Gotring.

It said the timeline for processing Form ‘NXP’ by authorised dealers shall be a maximum of 48 hours from the receipt of the application, subject to appropriate documentation.

Furthermore, authorised dealers are expected to submit returns to the CBN in compliance with the 48-hour timeline.

“All authorised dealers are therefore advised to take note and bring the circular to the attention of their customers,” it added.

It listed the revised import documentation as follows: Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin (formerly Combined Certificate of Value of Origin), Commercial Invoice, Exit Note (formerly Exit Gate), Form ‘M’, Packing List, Single Goods Declaration, and Product Certificate.

Revised export documentation, according to the central bank, include Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, Single Goods Declaration, Nigerian Export Proceeds Form, Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI), and Packing List

Nigeria Recorded N104 Billion Negative Trade Balance in Q3

According to a report  on This Day news, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that Nigeria recorded a negative trade balance of N104 billion in third quarter of this year.

NBS, which newly released the data in its ‘3rd Quarter 2016 External Trade News: Trade Intensity Index/Re-Exports Analysis’, put the total value of Nigeria’s external trade in the third quarter at N 4.721.9 trillion. It pointed out that the figures consisted of exports worth N2.309 trillion and imports worth N2.413 trillion, indicating a slight negative trade balance of N104 billion.

Giving a breakdown, it noted that, “As in previous quarters, the sector, which contributed the most to total trade was crude oil, which was all for exports,” stating that, “In total this sector accounted for N1,944 billion, or 41.2per cent of the total trade in the third quarter of 2016.”

“The manufacturing sector had the second largest share of total trade, accounting for N1,218.3 billion or 25.8per cent of the total, but in contrast to Crude Oil, was dominated by imports. Other Oil products was also a prominent sector, and accounted for N1,029.4 billion, or 21.8per cent of the total. The remaining sectors were a relatively small proportion of total trade. Raw Materials accounted for 6.37per cent of the total, Agriculture accounted for 4.43per cent, Solid minerals accounted for 0.43per cent, and trade in Energy goods was negligible at N0.1 billion,” it added.

On the export intensity index with major trading partners, the statistical agency explained that, the index “compares the share of exports to each country in Nigeria’s total exports, with the share of world exports going to that country, and therefore gives a measure of the importance of that country to Nigeria as an export destination.”

Accordingly, it noted that, “A higher number denotes a stronger relationship, and an index of one indicates that exports to that country are what would be expected given global trade patterns. In quarter three, Nigeria had a particularly strong export relationship with India, with export intensities of 5.6, 8.3 and 3.9 July, August and September respectively.

“Spain was also a key export market with intensities of 3.6, 4.4 and 1.9 during the same months. Despite more exports going to the US than Spain, this was due to the importance of the US as a global market, and the country nevertheless had lower intensities, of 1.2, 0.7 and 0.9 . France and the Netherlands were the other two largest export destinations, and recorded intensities of 0.8, 3.6 and 0.6 for France, and 1.1, 1.8 and 0.9 for the Netherlands.

As for the import intensity index with major trading partners, the NBS noted that, “This index mirrors the export intensity index, and measures the importance of Nigeria as an export destination for other countries. “

According to the agency, “Nigeria’s major trading partners in terms of import were China, Belgium, Netherlands, United States and India. During the quarter, the import intensity of Nigeria with China was 1.09, for July 1.08 for August and 0.65 for September.

These figures, it explained, were around one, and therefore indicated that China’s exports to Nigeria reflected the global share of imports accounted for by Nigeria.

“By contrast, Belgium – the next leading consumer of Nigeria’s products – showed high import intensities with Nigeria, of 4.35, 3.54 and 2.19 for the months July to September, denoting a stronger relationship. The Country’s import intensities were also high with India (2.57, 2.49 and 1.28) and the Netherlands (4.38, 2.57 and 1.04) during the same months.

“However, the import intensity of Nigeria with United States and Spain were lower, with indices less than one other than for Spain in August. This is possibly a result of the mix of products imported from these countries, which may have been affected more by the CBN import regulations,” it added.

Besides, in terms of the major import partners, NBS stated that, “As in previous quarters, the country that Nigeria imported the most goods from in the third quarter of 2016 was China. In total, China accounted for N478.7 billion, or 19.8 per cent of total imports.”
Nevertheless, it added, “this is a lower share of total imports than the country accounted for in the previous quarter.”

“Belgium and the Netherlands were the next most important import partners, and accounted for N331.1 billion (13.7 per cent) and N299.7 billion (12.4 per cent) respectively. They were followed by USA, India and France, which recorded N165.5 billion (6.86 per cent), N121.3 billion (5.03 per cent) and N91.3 (3.78 per cent) respectively,” it pointed out.

World: Christmas Day Tragedy: Russian plane crash: No reports of survivors as wreckage found after Syria-bound aircraft disappears from radar

Among the 92 people onboard were musicians thought to be from the Alexandrov Ensemble, one of the world’s most famous military choirs

According to  reports from  UK Mirror,  there were no immediate reports of survivors and there are fears that all of the passengers and crew on the aircraft were killed in the horror crash.

Some of the wreckage was said to be at a depth of 50 to 70 metres.

In addition to members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the plane was reportedly carrying Russian servicemen and journalists when it plunged into the sea

Initial reports suggested a technical fault occurred as it gained altitude after takeoff.

A picture of a Tupolev-154 aircraft, similar to the one that crashed this morning

“91 people, including musicians and media were on board the aircraft,” said a security services representative. This figure was later said to be 92.

The plane was travelling to Latakia in Syria when it vanished from radar screens and crashed into the sea, Russian agencies reported, citing unnamed security sources.

Contact with the aircraft was lost at around 5.40am local time (2.40am UK time).

Among the passengers were musicians thought to be from the Alexandrov Ensemble
Alexandrov Emsenble

“The jet disappeared from radars about 20 minutes after takeoff: it departed [from Sochi] at 5.20 AM local time and the contact was lost at about 5.40 AM,” said one source.

The Alexandrov Emsenble is an official army choir of the Russian armed forces.

Founded during the Soviet era, the ensemble consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble.

Leading TV presenter Andrey Malakhov said today on Twitter: “On board of crashed aircraft were my colleagues – journalists … very sad morning … RIP”.