To spur favorable competitiveness in international trade, experts in the logistics supply chain have stressed the need for Nigeria to implement the provisions of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) when it comes into force. Notwithstanding the efforts made by the Nigeria Customs Service in enhancing trade facilitation, he said Nigeria is yet to attain the required standard. For trade facilitation to take place effectively and efficiently, four principles he said must be present, which include; transparency, simplification, harmonisation and standardisation. Director-General, ACSC, Prof. Obiora Madu, who described trade facilitation as a process of reducing complexity and cost of trade transaction process, said until we change the way things are done in Nigeria, trade facilitation challenges would never be resolved. He said with logistics supply chain, it can tackle all these issues, adding, “but we need infrastructure.
December 12, 2018 03:45 UTC
An indigenous company, Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited, has expressed commitment towards the development of host communities. Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr. Louis Ekere, said this on the sidelines of a Doctorate Degree presention to him by the Trinity International University of Ambassadors, Atlanta Georgia, United States of America, a statement on Tuesday indicated. The company, said in his resolve to ensure Nigerians across every spectrum enjoyed quality healthcare services, it had f;oated a multi-billion naira WellMed Healthcare Limited, an indigenous healthcare company. The facility, according to the company, offers one-stop diagnostic solution services with state-of-the-art medical equipment, including 1.5 Tesla MRI, 64-slice CT Scan, 4D Ultrasonography, fully digital X-ray, 3D echocardiography, resting and exercise ECG and fully automated pathology laboratory with a menu of over 3,000 tests. The statement added: “Apart from this, Ekere is also involved in several philanthropic activities, the recent being the free medical testing on World Hepatitis Day, free medical outreach at Ajah, Lagos, and environs, where residents were screened for chronic lifestyle diseases including diabetes, hypertension and obesity.”
December 12, 2018 03:22 UTC
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says “racism is everywhere” following the alleged racial abuse of his forward Raheem Sterling in a game at Chelsea. A police investigation is under way into an incident involving Sterling during City’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Premier League club have suspended four people from attending matches while the investigation takes place. “Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent,” the statement continued, adding that the club “will also fully support any criminal prosecutions”. England international Sterling, 24, said he “had to laugh” when he heard the remarks because he expects “no better”.
December 11, 2018 22:30 UTC
A crew member for the hit show Power has died after an accident on set. He was reportedly hit by a car while placing traffic cones on the film location in Brooklyn New York. 50 Cent who stars in the show has expressed his condolences via Twitter saying, “my prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family.”There has been a break in filming to give the crew and cast time away from the show. The members of the cast of the show paid tribute to the victim who had been a crew member since 2014 when the show started. “Truly shocked and saddened!
December 11, 2018 21:33 UTC
The GAW revealed that the team of lawyers being offered is familiar with the conduct of the war on terrorism and would prove that the military worked in the interest of humanity. In the statement, GAW noted that there is no evidence to prove that soldiers committed the extent of abuses being implied by some non-State actors whose intervention on the war against terrorism was totally misplaced. “It is most condemnable that in the bid to criminalize the Nigerian military and Nigerian authorities, the atrocities committed by Boko Haram terrorists are being credited to them, including accusing the government of shielding the terrorists. When this happens, the danger is that soldiers are no longer able to effectively combat terrorists, which places the lives of Nigerians at risk. “We further resolved to place our team of international lawyers at the disposal of the Nigerian military as an organization to marshal their defense should the need arise.
December 11, 2018 21:00 UTC
Other members of the committee were former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Professor Modupe Adelabu and Mrs Sa’ida Bugaje. “We called on them to exercise patience, show courage and emulate Governor Ambode who is steady, tolerant and accommodating. “The NWC will take far-reaching decisions to ensure that all party members are brought on board to achieve our dream of winning the 2019 election. But what is important is that we have created a platform for us to be able to start to bond our family, the APC family, together. The former governorship aspirant said the APC would only be peaceful if it ensured that all members of the party got the justice they deserved.
December 11, 2018 20:47 UTC
Jose Mourinho has called on Paul Pogba to show what he is capable of on his return to the Manchester United side for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Valencia. Pogba has been dropped by Mourinho for United’s last two Premier League games as a frosty relationship between the pair has sparked speculation over both mens’ futures at United. “I don’t think your question goes in the direction of what I want to answer or listen (to),” Mourinho added. “You can put the question from another direction, I don’t like the direction.”Mourinho named teenagers Mason Greenwood and James Garner among his squad that travelled to Spain. Garner will be on the bench, and Mason is the protection player, in case we have any injuries,” he added.
December 11, 2018 20:15 UTC
The party alleged that the action of the PDP truncated the success of the CUPP as a working coalition at the presidential level. According to the SDP, PDP’s approach towards consensus building was a major setback, adding that the MoU was “mainly PDP driven. “The MoU clearly provides for agreement of all the political parties before any public endorsement. “As it turned out eventually, it is obvious that the process was circumvented to achieve a predetermined end,” the party added. SDP said its presidential candidate, Donald Duke and his running mate, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam will contest next year’s presidential election.
December 11, 2018 19:52 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari, chairmen of political parties and their presidential candidates in the 2019 general elections on Tuesday signed a Peace Accord as a commitment to peaceful elections in the country. Abubakar said that political parties must sue for peace throughout the election period, as elections would not hold without peace. He also enjoined political parties to adopt Code of Conduct that promotes peaceful conduct and inclusiveness before, during and after the elections. Uwais expressed hope that parties that signed the peace accord would have peaceful campaign and successful elections. He advised INEC to guide its independence, while political parties should guide their neutrality and guarantee safety without intimidating voters.
December 11, 2018 19:52 UTC
Sen. Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) on Thursday said Lagos had made continued progress owing to good governance delivered by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Reacting, Adeola said the states controlled by the PDP were the ones under bondage and not Lagos. “The records are there that over the years of our nascent democracy since 1999, the PDP-led administrations have done everything to undermine Lagos State. “The deliberate and wicked abandonment of Federal Government critical infrastructure located in Lagos State caused untold hardship for Lagosians, ‘’ Adeola said. He also recalled the blocking of assistance to Lagos State in view of its status as a former Federal Capital Territory and economic nerve centre of the nation.
December 11, 2018 19:41 UTC
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, said the N51.6 billion Loko- Oweto bridge construction linking Benue and Nasarawa States is at completion stage. Fashola in the company of his Agriculture counterpart, Audu Ogbeh made the disclosure while inspecting the project which was awarded to Messrs Reynolds Construction Company (Nig. Fashola further noted that the construction of the Loko-Oweto Bridge will, without doubt, bring peace, understanding and mutual respect between the traditional rulers and the people of Benue and Nasarawa States. He commended Reynolds Construction Company (RCC} (Nig.) Ltd and the Federal Controller of works, Nasarawa State, Engr.
December 11, 2018 19:18 UTC
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it intercepted 3,792 kg of Indian Hemp worth N379, 200, 000 along the Oyo/Osun border within the past four months. FOU Zone A Customs Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the unit also intercepted contraband with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N5.1 billion within the same period. “For the period under review, the breakdown of the seizures recorded with their appropriate Duty Paid Values (DPV) from Aug. 17 to Dec. 10, accumulated to N5.1 billion. “The seized items include: 24 unit of seized vehicles and 34 exotic vehicles worth N784, 411,452 on detention; 39,664 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 66 trailers) worth N525.6miilion, 3,252 frozen poultry products; 2,887 jerry-cans of vegetable oil worth N31. He promised that the unit would continue to suppress smuggling, facilitate legitimate trade and protect the nation’s security.
December 11, 2018 19:07 UTC
“The party has not offended me but my grouse is against an individual. The party is out for justice and I hope the appropriate organs of the party will take the necessary steps. Prominent among those who appeared before the reconciliation committee was former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. We called on them to exercise patience, show courage and emulate Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who is steady, tolerant and accommodating. “The NWC will take far-reaching decisions to ensure that all party members are brought on board to achieve our dream of winning the 2019 election.
December 11, 2018 19:01 UTC
The accord was put together by the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsami Abubakar. This accord was for all political parties to sign to be of good will and good behaviour during elections. “Of course, they are open to come and sign the peace accord. What surprises me is that when we had the conference with the political parties, he came out and agreed on this agenda. While stressing the need for the accord, he noted that election cannot not hold in the absence of peace.
December 11, 2018 18:45 UTC
“I have spoken with Governor Fayemi, he had assured me that he will put a smile on your faces. “But we have a Governor Fayemi who is responsive and responsible, he has listened to your plight and he was ready to fight for you. “Your defecting to APC only connotes that you believe in what Governor Fayemi has been doing. “We have resolved that wherever Governor Fayemi goes we shall follow him. “We have nothing to fear in APC because the way Prince Adeyeye was given the APC senatorial ticket few days after defection shows that APC remains a good party,” he stated.
December 11, 2018 18:33 UTC