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LASG Reiterates Commitment To Food Security, Farmers’ Productivity

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…As Commissioner, National Coordinator, agripreneurs hail Lagos APPEALS Project

…As Commissioner, National Coordinator, agripreneurs hail Lagos APPEALS Project

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to food security and farmers’ productivity in the State through the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.

Speaking at the Pre-7th Implementation Support Mission of the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project, held over the weekend at the APPEALS Project State Coordinating Office in Agege, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, said agriculture remains one of the major drivers in achieving sustainable economic growth.

She said food security can be achieved in Lagos and Nigeria at large through the application of technological advancement and most importantly through self-commitment to a better Nigeria.

Olusanya in her keynote address said the APPEALS Project is directly contributing to the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the six pillars of the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration by exploring and investing in the use of innovation and technology to create competitive advantage in ensuring that Lagos attains a 21st-century economy.

She charged APPEALS Project to continue to contribute immensely to the actualisation of the project’s objective of enhancing agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improving value addition along the chosen priority value chains, which are poultry, aquaculture, and rice in Lagos State.

“Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture is providing maximum support to the project in ensuring that the contributions of these value chains to food security, local production, improvement of livelihood as well as the creation of export markets are sustained.

“A total of 2,691 farmers, SMEs have been supported directly with physical inputs and equipment across poultry, rice, and aquaculture while 3,516 stakeholders have benefitted indirectly. Also, 1,621 Women and Youth Empowerment beneficiaries have been trained and their empowerment implementation is in progress. About 8,000 farmers have received training and technology demonstrations with strong evidence of a positive resultant effect on the Project Development Objective.

“The State through the leadership of Mr. Governor; Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has remained supportive to APPEALS project as with other Donor/World Bank Assisted Projects in the State through regular payments of counterpart contributions.”

…As Commissioner, National Coordinator, agripreneurs hail Lagos APPEALS Project
Left-Right: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji; Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya; Project Operational Manager, National Coordinating Office of Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project, Dr. Salisu Garuba and State Project Coordinator, Lagos APPEALS Project, Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo at the Opening Ceremony of the Pre-7th Implementation Support Mission in Lagos.

Olusanya also commended the Lagos APPEALS Project team for enhancing farmers’ productivity in Lagos State, adding that “The State Steering Committee (SSC) and State Technical Committee (STC) have been performing their oversight functions in ensuring that the project implementation remains on course and our interaction with project stakeholders with a level of interventions through monitoring is so far satisfactory. However, Lagos State being the State of Excellence is always striving to be better.”

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji, who is the Chairman of, APPEALS Project State Technical Committee, said the implementation of the project has received a lot of support from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The National Coordinator of APPEALS Project, Mr. Mohammed Sanni Jobdi, who was represented by Dr. Salisu Garba, said the project at the national level is encouraged by what the Lagos APPEALS project is doing.

He also commended Lagos State Project Coordinator of APPEALS, Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, and her team for meeting the yearning and aspirations of thousands of farmers in line with the objectives of the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support Project.

Sagoe-Oviebo said APPEALS Project has impacted lives and boosted farmers’ productivity in Lagos State.

She also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu, Commissioner for Agriculture, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Coordination Office of APPEALS Project, and other major stakeholders for their commitment toward ensuring the success of the Lagos APPEALS Project.

Chairman, Lagos State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Otunba Femi Oke; President, Lagos State Catfish and Allied Farmers Association, Alhaja Nurat Atoba and Representative of Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mr. Olufemi Stephen, who spoke respectively during the event commended what APPEALS Project is doing to farmers in Lagos State in the three value chain – aquaculture, rice, and poultry.

They said they have felt the impacts of the Lagos APPEALS Project and promised to continue to work with the project to boost food security and feed Lagos and Nigeria at large.

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Betamark Organises 2-Day Training For Entrepreneurs, SMEs On How To Make Yoghurt With Soy Powder

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Betamark Organise 2-Day Training For Entrepreneurs, SMEs On How To Make Yoghurt With Soy Powder

Betamark Organises 2-Day Training For Entrepreneurs, SMEs On How To Make Yoghurt With Soy Powder

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Betamark Production Company Limited has organised two 2-day training for entrepreneurs, SMEs in food production on how to start Soy Yoghurt with Soya Powder in Nigeria.

The soy yoghurt has appealed to the tastes of diverse cultures as most milk packaging companies in Nigeria have adopted soy powder technologies.

With the increasing awareness of the nutritional value of soy powder, ease of preparation and availability of the raw materials, the market is assured. It is everyone’s delicacy who has tasted it, especially school children, workers, oil and young.

Betamark Production Company Limited has teamed up with Spectra Industries to equip willing candidates with a two 2-day intensive training programme on 20-21 January 2022 aimed at supporting small businesses to grow in the food production sector.

Interested candidates are to pay #25,000 to BETAMARK PRODUCTION COMPANY ACCOUNT NUMBER- 0027947080 STANBIC IBTC BANK and send details of payment to betamarkindustries@gmail.com and for more details call 09033446662.

The training will hold at Plot 1, Suco Road, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos from Thursday 20 – Friday 21, January 2022.

Apart from the lucrative nature of this business, it is also rich in vitamins and helps to nourish the body. Invariably, you are nourishing the Nigerian society as you sell yoghurt to them.

The word “Yoghurt” is no longer a new term to many Nigerians as they have come to love ice cream because of its rich nutritional content and amazing soured milk taste, adding Soy Powder is another rich taste that any yoghurt lover cannot resist.

Yoghurts have become a choice for many Nigerians both kids and adults alike. It is not uncommon to see school children enjoy yoghurts with snacks like buns, chin-chin, sausage roll, eggroll, wheat, meat pie and other snacks.

This is not limited to children alone as adults do the same especially at workplaces and when they are travelling, thus making yoghurt marketing in Nigeria a very lucrative business venture to go into.

One of the ways to start soy yoghurt production in Nigeria is becoming interesting and is by not only limiting your business choice to yoghurts alone but also including other variants like soy powder.

The physical programme is a two 2-day training program that will provide business owners with supports to accelerate food production skills.

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Institute For Tourism Professionals Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President

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Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President

…emulate Otunba Olumoko by remaining steadfast as its ambassadors in the promotion of its aims, says Chief Odusanwo

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), Chief Abiodun Odusanwo FITPN, has extolled the virtues of Otunba Ayodele Olumoko as a dedicated Fellow of the Institute who has put in his very best to place the Institute on a sound footing during his official induction as the National Vice President, SouthWest zone of ITPN.

Otunba Ayodele Michael Olumoko,  an astute Cultural heritage promoter, integrated marketing communications professional; his footprints at major festivals in Nigeria aimed at promoting cultural tourism can never be abdicated at festivals such as the Osun Oshogbo International Festival Oshogbo, Ojude Oba Festival, Ijebu Ode; Ebi-Epe Festival, Epe Lagos; Argungu International Fishing Festival Kebbi State just to mention a few.

His leadership qualities are impeccable and his network within the corporate circle is a factor that cannot be underestimated. He has served humanity meritoriously, a bonafide member, Past President of Rotary Club of Ikeja in Lagos State.

In the Tourism Sector dates back to 1999 he was appointed Chief Festival Consultant to the UNESCO listed Osun Osogbo Grove Festival, a position he held for 21 years before he was appointed the Cultural Consultant to the Ooni of Ile-Ife, a position which he still holds till date.

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko, Chairman of Infogem formed in I998, joined FTAN as an Associate (now Affiliate) Member following which he became the Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter between 2007 and 2010 and later became the Secretary of the South West region of FTAN.

Chief Abiodun Odusanwo who made the commendation while presenting the Certificate of Office to Otunba Ayo Olumoko at the Headquarters of the Institute in Abuja on Thursday 6th January 2022, said Otunba Ayodele Olumoko has been one of the founding fathers and promoters of culture and tourism in the country and whose contributions have impacted positively well on ITPN in the upliftment of its tenets and ideals for the growth of the institution.

Speaking further, Chief Odusanwo called on other members of the Institute to emulate Otunba Olumoko by remaining steadfast as its ambassadors in the promotion of its aims and objectives to the larger Nigerian society and importantly, to critical key players and stakeholders in the travel, tourism, culture, hospitality, and creative industry as well as its allied branches.

Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
LEFT-RIGHT: CHIEF ABIODUN ODUSANWO WHILE PRESENTING THE CERTIFICATE TO OTUNBA AYODELE OLUMOKO.
Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
LEFT-RIGHT: CHIEF ABIODUN ODUSANWO WHILE PRESENTING THE CERTIFICATE TO OTUNBA AYODELE OLUMOKO.
Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
OTUNBA AYODELE OLUMOKO.
Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
OTUNBA AYODELE OLUMOKO.

He noted that ITPN has four major mandates which are – to develop and administer Qualifications; approve and monitor training centres and learning providers as certificate Awarding body; to provide continuous professional development for private sector operators and public service personnel and to award recognized certificates and membership for every category of staff at different levels of skills in the tourism, and allied areas of the industry.

In his acceptance speech, Otunba Olumoko said he felt highly honoured with the continuous call to professional service which according to him will spur him into offering greater and better services to the Institute in particular and the country’s travel, tourism, and hospitality industry at large.

He noted that tourism, especially cultural tourism remains, one of the country’s untapped goldmines that if properly harnessed, has the potential to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty through job provisions and employment opportunities.

Otunba Olumoko then called on all key players and stakeholders in the industry to join hands with ITPN in its efforts to enhance professional practices and conducts of both private sector practitioners and public service personnel to enable the industry to provide better quality service delivery as well as help in salvaging Nigerian economy for better growth and development.

The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria is the Nigerian premier national certification and professional membership body for hospitality, travel-tourism and allied occupations. It represents members working in the public, private, and non-profit making organizations which ensures the highest standards of professional competence of practitioners in the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry.

Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President
Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria Elected Otunba Ayo Olumoko As Zonal Vice President

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BUA, Wartsila OY Of Finland Sign Agreement For Construction Of 70MW Power Plant For BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4

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BUA Cement Plc. Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu while signing the agreement with Wartsila Oy of Finland to build a 70MW power Plant for BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4.

Olushola Okunlade Writes

BUA Cement Plc has signed an agreement with Wartsila OY of Finland for the construction of a 70megawatts dual-fuel power plant for the BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4in Sokoto state, North-West Nigeria.

This announcement comes as BUA Cement recently revealed that it was looking to boost its production capacity in Nigeria over the next 3 years with new plants in the works.

In addition, this will be the second plant to be constructed by Wartsila for BUA Cement – the first being the BUA Cement Sokoto power plant scheduled to be commissioned alongside the plant in November 2021.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Cement Plc who signed on behalf of the cement producer said BUA Cement will continue to invest strategically in the West African Cement industry to enable it to bridge the huge infrastructure and housing deficit.

According to Rabiu, “BUA Cement is happy and pleased with the progress that Wartsila made with the construction of the power plant we initially purchased for our BUA Cement Sokoto Line 3 which we expect will begin commissioning by November alongside the power plant. We believe Wartsila will bring the same level of efficiency, technical expertise, and professionalism to bear in ensuring that this new power plant for the 3million Mtpa BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 will be completed on schedule by the end of next year as we look towards bringing BUA’s total capacity in its Sokoto plant to 8 million metric tonnes by early 2023 and 17million metric tonnes across all its plants by the same time.”

BUA, Wartsila OY of Finland sign agreement for construction of 70MW Power Plant for BUACement Sokoto Line 4
BUA Cement Plc. Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu while signing the agreement with Wartsila Oy of Finland to build a 70MW power Plant for BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4.

On his part, Mark Thiriet, Energy Business Director at Wartsila West Africa said Wartsila was proud to partner with BUA Group on this BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 project. He said that Wartsila will bring its technical expertise and globally recognized technology to bear in bringing the project to completion.

BUA Cement Plc is Nigeria’s second-largest cement company and the largest producer in its North-West, South-South, and South-East regions. BUA Cement operates strategically from Okpella, Edo State, and Kalambaina, Sokoto State with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.

Currently the second most capitalized manufacturing company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), BUA Cement is committed to quality – a differentiating attribute, driven by its people, innovation, and technology; and positioned to solve West Africa’s cement under capacity while driving economic growth and development.

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