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Our Land Reforms Attracting Investors to Edo—Evbuomwan

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The Managing Director of the Edo State Geographic Information Service (EdoGIS), Mr Frank Evbuomwan, has said the state was now becoming a destination for prospective investors because of the land reforms of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

He said these reforms have eased the process of land registration and management and have as well boosted the revenue of the state.

Speaking at a joint security meeting with heads of various security agencies at the Government House, Benin City, he said over N3 billion has been generated in less than three years through EdoGIS.

Mr Evbuomwan revealed that the amount was generated between September 2018 and July 2021, noting that this was achievable through the digitisation of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-Os) which have eliminated fraudulent practices in land registration processes since the inception of the agency in September 2018, compared to the past.

“In the first 18 months of our existence, we generated about N1 billion, but between 2018 and July this year, we have generated over N3 billion,” he said, buttressing that EdoGIS had simplified and reduced the timeline and burden laced with land titles application.

He further reaffirmed the agency’s plan to issue at least 10, 000 C-of-Os yearly by establishing zonal offices in Auchi, Edo North Senatorial District, and Uromi, Edo Central Senatorial District before the end of 2021.

“Edo State is now the destination for prospective investors due to the speedy access to land documentation, titles, and guaranteed landed property. Before the EdoGIS came on board, it took between one and three years to get C-of-O.

“The Edo State Government has simplified the process of obtaining land title and strengthened the security of land and titles by the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021,” Mr Evbuomwan said.

Meanwhile, the state government has commended its synergy with security agencies in reducing kidnap cases along the Benin-Auchi Expressway.

Speaking at the meeting, Governor Obaseki revealed that the security environment in the heartbeat of the nation was relatively calm, assuring that the government will continue to review its strategies to sustain the development.

According to the Governor, “The reports showed that the security environment in Edo is relatively calm. Steps have been taken to ensure that incessant kidnapping and armed robbery along the Benin-Auchi Expressway are brought under control.

“We have seen a considerable reduction in incidents of kidnapping on that axis. We have seen a few more cases in the Uromi-Agbor axis and that is being worked on. We also considered a report on drug abuse by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).”

While reviewing the state of security in the state, Mr Obaseki noted that the state government was teaming up with the NDLEA, civil society groups, religious leaders, non-governmental organisations, and the media to bring to light the dangers of drug abuse.

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Ellah Lakes, Enugu Government Seal Rice Processing Deal

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By Dipo Olowookere

A Nigerian agribusiness company, Ellah Lakes Plc, has sealed an agreement with the Enugu State government for the processing of rice aimed to improve food security in the state and the nation at large.

The chief executive of the firm, Mr Chuka Mordi, described the deal as “a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base.”

Ellah Lakes said in a statement that with the partnership, it will transform the Ada Rice Company and Plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State.

This is expected to create not less than 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months as the company will have the opportunity to establish a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

Business Post reports that Adani community is well-known for the cultivation and production of rice but due to poor infrastructure and support of the government, it has suffered low patronage.

This partnership between the Enugu State government and Ellah Lakes should change the narrative for good and boost local production of rice.

In the statement issued on Wednesday by Ellah Lakes, a company listed on the trading platform of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, work is scheduled to begin immediately in Adani.

“Ellah Lakes is happy to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Enugu State Government, through the Enugu State Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, for the expansion and further development of the Ada Rice Company and plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State, Nigeria.

“Ellah Lakes will produce and process rice with the participation of over 200 indigenous farmers in the local out-grower program. Ellah Lakes will also develop a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

“The development is expected to create a minimum of 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months, and work is scheduled to begin immediately,” a part of the statement disclosed.

“This is a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base, and we are very excited to be working with the Enugu State Government.

“We are very pleased with this collaboration with the very progressive government of Enugu State. For us, this is the beginning of a great journey to expand the industrial base of the state, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture,” Mr Mordi was quoted as saying.

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Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Rewards Customers

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Ahead of the festive season, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), has unveiled the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Loyalty Program tagged Umatter.

It is a reward scheme targeted at the customers of the PFA, to reward them for their loyalty and patronage through exclusive discounts as they shop with their e-loyalty card.

The loyalty program is available at the PFA’s partner merchants’ locations and stores across the nation. It is aimed at providing Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ customers with exciting shopping discounts to help them spend less and save more when they shop.

Some of the participating merchant outlets are Maybrands, Café Royale, Hubmart Stores, Chocolate Royal, La Campagne Tropicana, Physio Centers of Africa, Medplus, iStore, Oriki, Launderland and Active Leisure.  The discounts range from 5 to 12 per cent on products and services purchased.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ partnerships with these major outlets will enable customers to seamlessly enjoy instant discounts on their purchases during this festive period, thereby making life even more easy and affordable for customers who use the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers e-loyalty card.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers will continue to initiate valuable programs like this that encourage people to continue saving for their retirement and building their financial future.

New and existing customers can be a part of this exciting loyalty program by visiting www.stanbicibtcpension.com or calling 01 271 6000.

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FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty

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Nigeria Economy challenges

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to inject N381 trillion into the economy to cushion the growing rate of poverty, job losses and economic degradation in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Fund, Mr Joseph Ari, during a media interaction with the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Jos.

Mr Ari said the federal government came up with a 5-year National Development Plan tied around the sum of money to be able to achieve this aim.

He said the plan will replace the initial Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).

According to him: “The plan, which projects the creation of 21 million jobs, with 35 million Nigerians lifted out of poverty, affordable housing for Nigerians and an export-led economy among others, is expected to cost N381 trillion to implement and have six focal areas of economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

“As the leading human capital development institution in Nigeria, we have commenced the process of repositioning our programmes and activities to effectively prepare the Nation’s workforce in line with our mandate of developing a pool of qualified Nigerians to man the public and private sectors of the national economy as we believe that for this plan to succeed, all Nigerians as individual citizens and as institutions must contribute their bit.

“You will recall that on the assumption of office in 2016, the economy was in recession leading to massive job losses and corresponding increases in poverty.

“Our initiatives then particularly the emphasis on skills intervention programmes was borne out of the need to drive the actualization of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP), which we achieved to an appreciable degree by training hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that are today gainfully employed or even employers of labour,” Mr Ari said.

He, however, lauded the media for a robust coverage of the Funds activities over the years, saying that the media has been critical in return of peace in the state.

“Beyond this, fora such as we are holding today have been critical to the return of peace in plateau state, thereby creating the necessary environment for our organisation to thrive especially within the last five years on account of your professionalism and determined efforts to rise above sensationalism, headline-grabbing and petty politics,” Mr Ari said.

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