Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Main Responsibilities
  • Attends to visitors as front desk officer and receptionist
  • Manages the stock level of stationery
  • Reconciles and balances the company accounts 
  • Monitors and maintain the records of company export projects
  • Source for commodity importers abroad through the internet
  • Cleaning the office furniture and equipment
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access)
  • Good understanding of the usage of Internet search Engines 
  • Basic understanding of records keeping
  • Excellent team player.
  • Basic management
  • Ability to be flexible and work to deadlines.
  • Ability to follow procedures.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • IT related skills
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Female (Age- 20-25yrs)

  • OND (or its equivalent) in  Admin, Accounting, Business or Computer related
  • Fluent in English language.
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Interested candidates should  forward their applications and CV to the on or before Friday August 3, 2012.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

FG: We ’ll Not Scrap Export Expansion Grant

The Federal Government has dismissed rumours that it is planning to scrap the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) policy, which was introduced to enable Nigerian manufacturers compete in the export market.

Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, cleared the air on the  issue during his visit to THISDAY in Lagos.

He  stated that the government was only taking steps to review the policy to ascertain its effectiveness over the years in order to fine-tune it towards greater efficiency in  the future.

“The answer is no, we are not planning to scrap the EEG, however, we are assessing and reviewing the programme to make sure that it can achieve its mandate more effectively in the future,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Dauda Kigbu, stressed the  commitment of the Federal Government to provide enabling environment for investment growth in the country.

He made this known when he received investors from Qatar led by Ranjeer Menon, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

The permanent secretary said the ministry was the gateway to investment in the country stating that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Trade and Investment to facilitate enabling environment for investors.

“We are the gateway to whatever investment you want to make anywhere in the country. It is our responsibility to ensure that we facilitate your interest in this country and link you up with relevant ministries, departments and agencies you want to deal with,” he said.

Kigbu pointed out that government would ensure that all barriers that would militate against operation of businesses were removed adding that all necessary registration of their company can be done within 48 hours in the country.

In his comments, the leader of the delegation from Qatar, Mr. Ranjeer Menon, said  they were in Nigeria to explore the huge opportunities in logistic investment in the country adding the country still remain the hub for
businesses despite the prevailing security challenges.

He urged the Ministry to make available to them merchant statistics and production of major conglomerate in Nigeria which he said will assist them to work out how to support the economy and able to build a logistics that will make the economy to grow as fast rate.

The investors are from Gulf Warehousing Company and they were interested in focusing on logistics and infrastructure in Nigeria, warehousing solutions laboratory, Special warehousing for pharmaceutical products and third party logistics.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Govt targets $136m revenue from cassava export to China

NIGERIA’s economic diversification drive may inch towards realisation soon, with plan by Federal Government to export one million tonnes of cassava chips to China, beginning from this month.

The export business is expected to bouy the nation’s earnings by $136 million (N22 billion).

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina made this disclosure in Umuahia, Abia State, on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, a critical component of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda.

The scheme was scripted as an innovative approach to fertiliser subsidy administration through an electronic system, which ensures that only registered farmers’ benefit.

“Nigeria will earn $136 million just this year as a result of this exportation and this is happening for the first time in our history”, Adeshina said.

The minister reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to embark on measures that would boost the capacity of farmers in the country.

He added: “We must use cassava to create a whole lot of things and that is why we must double our efforts on cassava cultivation in this country.”

He also disclosed that the government had approved funds for the empowerment of farmers in Abia.

“The Federal Government will be providing the sum of N35 million to provide improved cocoa seedlings to cocoa farmers in Abia”, adding that eight varieties of hybrid cocoa had been released for onward delivery to farmers and that 25,000 pods would be distributed to farmers in the state free of charge.

“The average yield we are getting today from cocoa is 0.4 tonnes per hectare; the yield of the new cocoa hybrid will give you two tonnes per hectare and that means you will get five times the yield you are currently getting.”

“Each cocoa farmer will also get the approved fungicides and cartons of insecticides.”

He applauded the contributions of Abia as the largest cocoa producer in the South East geo-political zone.

The minister commended Chief David Onyenweaku from Abia, acknowledged as the country’s largest individual cocoa, saying ``it is because of people like this that the Federal Government is encouraging farmers”, he said.

Meanwhile, participants at a workshop on the processing of cassava grit for poultry farmers in Nigeria have given assurance that processors have the capacity to meet local and international demands for the product.

A cross-section of the participants said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the price of the product per tonne would also drop drastically from N50, 000 to about N26, 000.

Mr. Philip Ajomiwe, who was the facilitator of the one-day workshop, held at his processing plant in Oriendu near Umuahia, said that cassava farmers and processors would produce enough to meet the need of poultry farmers.

Ajomiwe, who is a cassava grower and processor, said that farmers and processors would intensify efforts to meet the Chinese demand for 2,000 metric tonnes of dry chips.

He thanked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, for initiating a number of policies that would revolutionise the nation’s agriculture.

He explained that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture recently organised a training workshop at Enugu for farmers and processors in the South-East, where they were tutored on modern techniques of cassava processing.

‘’This is just one part of many initiatives by the minister to drive President Goodluck Jonathan’s agricultural transformation agenda through the value chain approach,’’ Ajomiwe said.

He explained that the workshop, which was organised at the instance of the agriculture ministry, had 10 participants (trainer trainees), who were expected to train other processors and prospective ones in their respective areas.

He said that the participants were taken round different processes, beginning from weighing 200 kg of cassava tubers to the grating and mechanical drying to produce 100 kg finished grit. ’’

Nigeria to export home-made military wares

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned a ballistics vest factory complex for the production of sale of military ancillary products, including personal protection armour such as tactical ballistic vests (bullet proof vest) and night vision goggle equipment.

On the occasion, he said that henceforth, the country would not import military goods that can be produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).

The Federal Government is also sending to the National Assembly a bill to amend the DICON Act to give it a global outlook and allow it to export its products abroad.

The President, who wore the Army highest rank of Field Marshal, said the federal government would also give preferential treatment to any local or foreign firm ready to partner and site defence industries anywhere in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Jonathan has again assured Nigerians that his government would deploy all the resources at its disposal to ensure that the security challenges be-devilling the country end.

Speaking at the 2012 Army Day Celebration, at Jaji, Kaduna State yesterday, Jonathan who spoke on the theme, “Partnering the Civil Society Towards Improved Security”, said: “only recently, I approved a National Counter Terrorism Strategy to give clear direction to our concerted efforts at frontally confronting and defeating the menace of terrorism in our country.  A critical component of the Strategy is upscaled cooperation not only among our security agencies, but also greater cooperation with the international community.  I am therefore pleased to join other compatriots to salute the Nigerian Army, which, over the course of our history, has distinguished itself as a courageous and dedicated force, totally committed to the defence of our unity and the preservation of our territorial integrity”. unrelenting quest for self sufficient in the production of military equipment to meet our national defence and security needs.”

The ballistics vest factory, situated in Kakuri, Kaduna State, is a result of a joint venture agreement between DICON and an Israeli firm - Marlon Nigeria Limited. It is operating under the Public Private Partnership (PPP). The joint venture company - DICON-MARON - is also to diversify into the tactical textile field, offering designing and developing services for tactical textile solutions.

DICON, on its own, is producing rifles, pistols, sub-machine guns and General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). It has also the prototypes of the RPG (Rocket Propelled Gun Grenade) Launcher and the 81mm mortar lined up for production.

DICON was established in 1964 for the production of arms and ammunition for Nigerian military and the nation’s security agencies. The Act of Parliament establishing it also mandated it to use its excess capacity to support the development of local industries. But after several years of existence, it has not met the expectations of the founders.

In fact, the commissioning is the first time since DICON was established in 1964 that it is establishing a new line of production.

Jonathan stated that new factory, along with new innovations in the Navy and Air Force shows that the military has keyed into the transformation of Nigeria.

“With the commissioning, you must convince me beyond all reasonable doubt that DICON cannot produce any product before such product is imported. This commissioning marks the beginning of a vibrant defence industry,” he said.

He asked businessmen and other investors not to limit the siting of their industries only in Kaduna, stating: “You are free to site your industries anywhere in Nigeria. You just have to let us know you are siting it as it has to do with the security sector. We will encourage people to produce our needs locally.”

The president restated his Administration’s commitment “to creating the requisite enabling environment for local manufacturing industries to grow, become major employers of labour and progressively become global competitive.”