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ENUGU AIRPORT: Rep. Benjamin Kalu lauds FG, says reopening is of economic relevance to South East.

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The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Benjamin Kalu has expressed utmost delight on the reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport to air traffic.

Rep. Kalu who was seen alighting from the first commercial aircraft to the commissioned run way was visibly elated over the speedy completion of the re-construction of the runway and said he was excited that Akanu Ibiam International Airport has come alive again with better facilities.

He stated that the reopening of the airport will not only boost the economy of the South East but also benefit individuals living in neighboring states like; Cross River, Kogi and Benue States.

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Responding to questions from a correspondent on the economic benefit of the airport to people living in the South East Region, Rep. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Benjamin Kalu said;

“The closure of the airport in the last one year has affected the economy of the southeast and l believe with the recommencement of flight operations, commercial activities will pick up again and am happy the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has assured that he will give approval for more international airlines to come to Enugu.”

“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in approving funds for the project and the Minister of Aviation for keeping to his promise of delivering an airport with ultra-modern facilities.”

“I acknowledge the support of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi and other Members of the House Committee on Aviation.”

“I also applaud the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the entire Governors of the South East as well as the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo for their efforts and commitment towards the realisation of the project.”

“I equally praise the tenacity and dedication of the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu and his management team including all the heads of agencies in the aviation sector who worked as a team to ensure quality delivery of the project.”

“With the on-going installation of airfield lightening systems and the construction of the international and cargo terminals, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport will be one of the best in the country.”

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BECCIMA Lauds FG For Initiating To Establish Cottage Industries In 774 LGAs

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The Benue State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BECCIMA) has lauded the Federal Government for establishing cottage industries across all the Local Governments Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria

President of BECCIMA, Dr Paul Ubwa, made the commendation at a news conference on Friday in Makurdi.

“It is a well thought out initiative by the Federal Government to set aside the sum of one trillion naira to establish cottage industries in each of the 774 LGAs in the country.

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“This all important news was disclosed by the Hon. Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume.

“We the organised private sector in Benue express our sincere appreciation to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for coming up with this unique initiative. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“The initiative is aimed at creating wealth for the common man,’’ he said.

According to him, the initiative when implemented will go a long way in eradicating poverty in Benue State and indeed Nigeria and the president’s name will be written in gold for posterity.

“In Benue state, we are hoping that in order to ensure stability, sustainability and longevity of the proposed cottage industries, each should be incorporated as a company with a Board of Directors.

“This should be made up of indigenes of the catchment area or host community.

“The plan will involve the local government council itself, traditional institutions, cooperative societies and associations, youth/women groups, existing entrepreneurs, traditional land owners and other interest groups.

“We are assured of and envisage the support of the Benue State government’’

Ubwa also appealed to the Federal Government and most especially, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs to make Benue one of the pilot states for the take-off of the programme.

“On our part, we stand ready to co-operate with the ministry and other support agencies to ensure success and sustainability of the initiative,’’ he said. 

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FG Flag-off Gold Processing Cluster in Kogi

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The Federal government on Tuesday carried out the groundbreaking ceremony of the Gold Processing Cluster, located in Mopa, Mopamuro council area of Kogi State.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr.

Oluwatoyin Akinlade who led the Federal government team for the event said the projects is part of the FG efforts to refocus the economy from oil depended.

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Dr. Akinlade said the Gold Processing Cluster will also cater for other Gems stones and solid mineral mining activities in the North Central of the country.

“The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has commenced the implementation of programmes aimed at establishing and accelerating mineral value chain activities through the development of a Mineral Mining cluster in each of the six geopolitical zone. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“The objective of the project is to Assembly and coordinate the activities of the artisanal and small scale miners in the identified areas based on the identified mineral type for each geopolitical zone.

“The mining cluster is to provide common facilities and coordinated activities to enable easy formalization of the artisanal miners in the identified zones and avail them an opportunity for mineral value addition, as well as creation of market access.

“Furthermore, the cluster shall be adequately equipped with state of the art equipment for the purpose of imparting modern morning expertise and knowledge into the teeming youths across north Central zone. Provision shall also be made for heavy equipment such as excavators leasing by the artisan miners.”

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello said the state government will consolidate on the idea of the Gold Processing Cluster in diversifying the economy of the state.

Bello who was represented at the event by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo said, “We thank Mr. President for this project. This will spur the economy of the state. It will create jobs and make Kogi the economic hubs of the country.

“It will increase the trading of the state. This underscore the economic blueprint of the state government in making the state a giant amongst other states in term of industrialization.”

Fanwo who promised that the state will ensure proper security of the projects, urged stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities.

The Permanent secretary said the project is expected to be commissioned by ending of June, and become operational immediately.

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MPC Retains MPR At 11.5%, Holds Other Parameters Constant

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has voted unanimously to retain the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 11.5%.

The  Governor, of CBN, Godwin Emefiele who disclosed this while reading the communique in press briefing in Abuja, at the end of the MPC meeting said that the committee decision are: MPR retained at 11.50%, asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR, CRR was retained at 27.5%, While Liquid Ratio was also kept at 30%.

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