Monday, 1 September 2014

You can become an art entrepreneur!

An artist,Jimga, during a previous training in Unilag

The 2014 Art Entrepreneurship training for students and artists alike is set to take place from Oct. 20- 24, at the new Creative Arts Complex, beside the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
 The programme, which is organised by the Creative Arts Department of the University of Lagos and supported by the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Art Foundation(OYASAF)will emphasize the development of skills in various art specialisations like Ceramics, Bead and Wire works, Photography, Drawing and Silk painting.
Some of the processes to be taught include craft procedures that can be translated into critical artistic statements for the future .This is to enable participants produce affordable, self-able and market-driven art.

NDLEA prosecutes 1,157 drug offenders in 6 months

Mr Ahmadu Giade, the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says the agency successfully prosecuted 1,157 drug offenders between January and June 2014.

 This was contained in a statement signed by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju in Lagos.

According to the statement, a breakdown of the distribution of offenders across the states shows that Kano State recorded the highest number of 111 convicted during the period in review.

``Within the period under review, a total of 1,157 drug offenders were successfully convicted. Kano State recorded the highest number of convictions for the period with 111 persons.

``Kaduna is next with 105; Lagos 75; Bauchi 73 and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja 72,’’ Giade said.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Nigerian ports record 15.4% rise in cargo throughput

Cargo throughput at the nation’s seaports rose by 15.4 per cent to 41.32 million metric tonnes in the first half of 2014 compared to 35.81 million metric tonnes recorded in the corresponding period of 2013, according to figures released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday.

Shippers’ Council boss counsels youths on import/export business

Nigerians who wish to engage in the import and export business have been asked to seek guidance and enlightenment and get adequately equipped before venturing into the murky waters of international trade.
The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Hassan Bello gave this advice in Warri, the Delta State capital at the 8th Annual Shipping Career Summit organised by Ships & Ports Communication Company. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Committee applauds Jonathan for supporting Armed Forces welfare

The Chairman, Presidential Committee on Barracks Rehabilitation,  Mrs Binta Muazu, says President Goodluck Jonathan has great concern for the welfare of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, bearing in mind the completed accommodation intervention projects.

Muazu stated this during the inspection of the arrival hall for new recruits of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Wey in Lagos.

She said that part of the President's transformation agenda was for the armed forces to have befitting accommodation.

Funtua Dry Port commissioned, to create jobs, increase economic activities

The biggest dry port in Northern Nigeria, which was acquired in Katsina State under former President Obasanjo’s Public-Private Partnership, was commissioned on Monday, August 18, by the owner of the acquiring company, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab.
According to the Daily Trust Newspaper report, Mutallab said the port, which is situated in Funtua, would provide job opportunities for the youths, aside its tremendous economic benefits for states in the North West and the entire Northern region.

Federal Ministry of Finance underfunding Nigeria Customs Service- NAGAFF

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has condemned what it describes as the deliberate underfunding of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) by the Federal Ministry of Finance. It also called for a partial autonomy of the service, to enable it meet its responsibilities.

In a letter with ref: NAGAFF/HQ/101/36 dated August 5, 2014, addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan, the association said the underfunding of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) had affected the Service in its core function of  trade facilitation , in addition to increasing its security watch on the nation’s borders.