National Carpentry & Furniture Summit Set To Hold In Abuja Dec 17

In a concerted effort to address the current unemployment challenges in Nigeria and to reposition the carpentry and furniture industry, Dazzle Carpentry Training Limited leads the industry to host the first NATIONAL CARPENTRY Camp, FURNITURE SUMMITS (NACAFS) in the Capital City, Abuja, Nigeria under the supervision of Africa’s leading event and business promotion company Azariah Transnational Synergy limited.

Speaking with the convener, Oji Chukwuemeka, he said the summit, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will provide veritable platform for industry enthusiasts, practitioners, stakeholders, government and its relevant and regulatory agencies to meet and explore relationships that will reposition the industry in Nigeria and thus provide job opportunities for Nigerian youths which is one of the goals of the platform.

He further stressed that the summit will create opportunities for the most important exhibitions in the wood, furniture and furnishings industry: office furniture, home furniture, Industrial furniture, kitchens and bathroom furniture, upholstered furniture, furnishings, lighting fixtures and equipment, woodworking machinery, major appliances, textiles, doors, components, manufacturers, architects, lighting designers, consultants, engineers, hospitality industry professionals, government officials, international entities and more with the sole purpose to promote efficient Carpentry and furniture innovations.

He reiterated that the National Carpentry and Furniture Summit will offer a unique program of plenary and knowledge sessions designed to shed light on the latest development in the furniture and carpentry sector.

He further assured that the summit will give all the practical resources needed to be up to speed with the latest trends in the carpentry and furniture sector, make practitioners’ business even more competitive, and facilitate companies’ expansion into new markets in Nigeria.

The National Carpentry and Furniture Summit 2016 is committed to promoting the Nigerian private sector and offers fortunate participants the unique opportunity to share the vision and experience of very high-profile contributors who are on the cutting-edge of woodwork, furniture and carpentry business issues while providing a platform for exhibition for industry practitioners.

He also highlighted the objectives of the summit as follows; Amongst other desirable achievements such as improving the economy of Nigeria, providing job opportunities and creating enabling environment for SMEs.

He states that the summit will be: “1. A birthing place for advanced applications of technology and innovation to Carpentry Camp; furniture practices.

“2. A meeting point for professionals and start-up entrepreneurs to engage in the pedalling of ideas and create useful interactions that will further position the sector in Nigeria.

“3. A place of unique understanding for investment in carpentry and furniture sector.

“4. A first step in exposing the opportunities in the carpentry camp; furniture sector in Nigeria and campaign for quality and innovation in the sector to encourage local and international patronage

“5. A platform to showcase the creativity and innovation of Nigerian carpenters and furniture practitioners to investors in Africa and around the world.”


Our Embassies National Embarrassment- Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, has  described Nigerian embassies as a national embarrassment.
The Minister painted a gloomy picture of the embassies while defending the N14.6 billion virement request his ministry made to the National Assembly.
He told the joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation that the virement should be approved to bail out the embassies.
“Most of you should be aware because you have visited some of the embassies. The situation is a national embarrassment. The situation is bad, it is horrible and should be addressed. School fees are not paid. In some cases electric bills are not paid. It is actually a national embarrassment,” the minister stated.
A member of the committee added that he visited France recently to learn that the local staff were being owed salaries for eight months.
The committee wanted the minister to confirm that if approved, the virement would address the problems of the embassies.
Onyema said that the fund would go a long way in addressing the problems of the embassies.
He requested that the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be denominated in dollar to prevent the issue of fluctuation of the Naira.
The Budget and National Office objected to the request saying that such denomination of the budget in dollar would create problem for budgeting process.
Onyema was also asked what his ministry does with the money embassies make from visa application and others.
The minister said that the money is usually remitted to the consolidated revenue fund of the country.

NLC To Declare National Warning Strike Over Electricity Tariff

The Nigeria Labour Congress says it will declare a one-day national warning strike over the refusal of the Federal Government to reduce the electricity tariff.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba said this while addressing newsmen during the Central Working Committee meeting of the congress on Wednesday in Abuja.

On January 29, the NLC led the picketing of electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) nationwide, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, and the National Assembly.

The action, aimed at getting the Federal Government to reverse the 45 per cent tariff hike did not yield the desired result.

Wabba insisted that the tariff increase was “illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and an exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians.

“The privatisation of the power sector was done in bad faith and it has become obvious that the investors did not have the capacity to improve power generation and supply in the country.

“The CWC will agree on a day to embark on the strike, because several actions promised by the Federal Government to checkmate the tariff increment have not been implemented.”

He also noted that the current fuel scarcity in the country had brought untold hardship to workers and Nigerians as a whole.

“We must, however, make the point that spells of scarcity will not be acceptable to Labour and other Nigerians because the human and economic costs are unimaginable.

“We have been patient with this government but this persistent scarcity and suffering of our people will no longer be tolerated.”

The NLC president also frowned at the failure of the government to constitute the board of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency.

He said that no individual had the right to fix the prices of petroleum products.

“We demand the constitution of the board of NNPC and PPPRA. The latter is a 26-man board vested with powers of regulating prices of petroleum products. Today, it is a one-man show.”

On the economy, Wabba noted that Nigerians were groaning under harsh economic conditions.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to implement the budget.

“Government must consult more widely and come up with an enduring solution, Wabba said.”

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The Mugabes Launch New Ice Cream Company Amid National Economic Hardship

Zimbabwe is among the poorest nations on the planet. According to recent statistics from the United Nations’ World Food Programme, 72 percent of the population currently lives below the national poverty line, earning less than U.S. $1.25 a day.

But that’s not enough to deter President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, from launching a new line of ice creams and chocolates.

The lavish president and first lady, who the Guardian wrote in 2012 have “long been accused of milking the country for all its worth,” announced plans to place the products in local grocery stores under the brand name Alpha Omega.

Grace Mugabe introduced Alpha Omega three years ago, after Nestle stopped buying milk from her farm amid the threat of a consumer boycott. Nestle announced in 2009 it would end its relationship with the first lady’s Gushungo Dairy Estate after coming under pressure from human rights activists.

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Police To Hold National Security Summit

The Nigerian Police has concluded plans to hold a national security summit on Monday, August 17, hoping to fashion out new ways to combat the security challenges facing the country.

According to information posted on the Force’s twitter handle, the summit will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

“The nation is plagued by crimes – terrorism, kidnapping, murder, cattle rustling, cultism, rape, GBV, bribery, corruption etc. These vices which the @PoliceNG have evidenced records on, impact negatively on our national wealth and development,” Nigerian Police says via its twitter handle.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to grace the event as the special guest of honour while the the key note address will be delivered by the Sultan of Sokoto  Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Dr Ken Nwosu, an alternative dispute resolution expert and Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information are expected to deliver papers at the summit, which will be chaired by fomer IGP Ibrahim Coomasie.

With the theme “Community partnership approach to internal security and crime management,” the leadership of the Nigerian Police may be aiming to foster a better working relationship between it and Nigerians.

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Merge Indebted Arik, Aero, Others To Form National Carrier; Joda Committee Tells Buhari

The Buhari administration may be considering merging all debtor airlines in the country into a national carrier, capable of serving the West and Central African regions, with Nigeria as the regional aviation hub.

That is part of the recommendations by the Ahmed Joda transition committee, which submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari about two weeks ago.

Six of Nigeria’s leading domestic airlines are currently bogged down by huge debts totalling almost N130 billion, forcing them to turn to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) for a lifeline.

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