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     NNPC plans to rehabilitate existing refineries

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Austin Oniwon says plans have been concluded to holistically rehabilitate the existing refineries in order to increase domestic refining and stem products importation.

Mr. Oniwon stated this in a message to the Special Day of the corporation held at the on-going 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair.
Mr Oniwon who was represented by the Executive Director Port Harcourt refineries, Mr. Dominic Ikpeamuzo noted that NNPC had currently engaged the original Engineering Procument and Construction Contractors who built the Kaduna, warri and Port Harcourt refineries for effective implementation of the turn around, Maintenance and Rehabilitation works of the refineries.
Speaking on the theme of the Fair, “Transforming the Nation’s Economy through Policy Reforms and enhanced Infrastructural Facilities”, Mr. Oniwon emphasized that the need for continuous policy reforms in the oil and gas industry was underscored by the fact that Nigeria is an energy-driven economy.

Earlier, in an address of welcome, the President Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture represented by the first Deputy President, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye noted with regret the challenges in the oil sector and urged the NNPC to take appropriate steps in addressing them.

Radio Nigeria Correspondence reports that the occasion attracted stakeholders in the oil industry.

  Service providers to abide by guidelines or face sanction- NCC

GSM Service Providers in the Country have been advised to abide by the guidelines of their operations or face sanctions.

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Doctor Eugene Juwah made this known during the special Day event of the Commission at the ongoing 23rd Enugu International Trade fair in Enugu.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission was represented by the Director Public Affairs; Mr. Tony Ojobo stated that a new set of guidelines had been gazetted for the Commission.

According to him it means the Commission had been empowered to enforce sanctions more than it had been doing before.

Mr. Ojobo observed that the country now has about 96 million lines which the NCC achieved through being firm in its regulatory processes.
He said the Commission was not unmindful of the challenges in the industry such as quality of service and drop calls.
Mr. Tony Ojobo noted that the Commission had concluded arrangements to introduce “Number Portability Service” by September 2012 which allows a subscriber to move from one service provider to another one without loosing his number.

He stated that a lot of handsets in the market were fake and that the Commission had commenced actions to rid the markets of uncertified GSM handsets with very level of radiation.
In a remark, the Head Media and public Relations of NCC, Mr. Reuben Mouka, warned the people against engaging in buy or selling pre-registered sim cards
Earlier in an address, the President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, Doctor Theo Okonkwo commended NCC for participating in the fair.

Doctor Okonkwo urged the Commission to continue to improve on its regulatory activities to ensure quality service delivery by the GSM Service Providers.

   Uzo-Uwani LGA urges investors to exploit Agric potentials of the area

The Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State wants investors in Agriculture to exploit the arable land in the area for abundant food production for the country.

The chairman, of the Local Government, Mr. Connel. Onwubuya made the call during the Special Day of the Council held at the Enugu State Pavilion at the twenty- third Enugu International Trade Fair.
Connel. Onwubuya stated that the administration had put in place critical infrastructure to encourage investors to come in.

He explained that the council assists farmers in the area through incentives such as loans, machinery, fertilizers etc.

He assured any investor in agriculture in the area of government and the donor Agencies assistance.

Earlier, he was conducted round the stand, to inspect among other things farm produce such as Palm nuts, Yam tubers, Cocoa yam, Abacha, rice and Garri.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NIPOST urges corporate bodies to patronise its services                                                                                                                                                                               
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has urged government corporate bodies and individuals to patronise its services, including cargo delivery, for safety and efficiency.                                                                                                             
The Territorial Marketing Manager of NIPOST in Enugu, Mrs. Nkiru Onaga, made the call in an interview with newsmen at the ongoing 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair.                                                                                                                  
Mrs. Onaga said the service was at the fair to showcase its numerous services, including cargo, courier, shipment and stamp duty to the public.                                                                                                                                                        
She assured the customers of NIPOST that the social media and internet services were no big threat to it as such services were not in most parts of the country.

Exhibitors at the Fair

Four days into the 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair, exhibitors are still arriving and erecting their stands.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, one of the exhibitors, Mr. Goddy Ahuakagha, said his organisation resolved to participate in the fair after it had taken off.                                                                                                                                 
Mr. Ahuakagha called on the Federal Government to erect permanent structures at the fair complex to meet the international status of the Enugu International Trade Fair rather than the make shift ones that dot the complex.

Another exhibitor, Mr. Edwin Umeh said his organisation was just erecting its stand because it had to travel all the way from Benin Republic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Other set of participants in the fair are those looking for jobs.
Two of them Miss Chinasa David and Peace Njoku, lamented that securing job at the fair had not been easy as the amount they were offered was nothing to write home about.                                                                                                          
Assessing the level of participation so far, the Director-General, ECCIMA, Mr. Emeka Okereke, said the fair had recorded about 90% of the exhibitors expected.

Mr. Okereke reminded visitors to the fair that the coal city shuttle buses plying various routes in the metropolis now terminate their journey at the trade fair complex.

The Director-General warned small exhibitors who engaged in stand speculation to desist from such acts as the sectoral allocation plan mapped out for the fair must be maintained.

KIA unveils new car model         

KIA Motors has unveiled its latest saloon model car at the 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair.

The Marketing Manager of the company, Mrs Uloma Aneke, told the Newsmen on Sunday that the new car is known as Cadenza Saloon Car. 

She described the car as fuel efficient and built for Nigerian roads. According to her, the company has also introduced its SUV Jeep, Sportage, Altima and Soweto vehicles at the fair.

Aneke regretted, however, that the recent increase in the prices of some KIA vehicles had reduced customers' patronage, especially at the on-going fair.

She appealed to customers to visit the fair to buy various products at reduced prices.

FG reiterates commitment to economic transformation

THE 23rd edition of Enugu International Trade Fair opened in Enugu, with the Federal Government reiterating its determination to transform the nation’s economy.

Speaking at the opening of the fair organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, said to achieve this objective, there was need to put in place the right trade and investment polices, as well as introduce some initiatives and programmes that would drive the process.

The minister, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr Christopher Akpa, said issues of value addition, import substitution, backward integration, local content, commerce 44, industrial clusters concept, product development and promotion would be given prominence in the transformation agenda of the present administration.

According to him, the ministry’s new strategy, therefore, was to pursue a policy framework that would mobilize investments, particularly, foreign direct investment, as well as domestic investment for economic growth in the critical sectors and sustainable development.

Aganga used the opportunity to disclose government’s plan to adopt the Public Private Partnershi, PPP, arrangement for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Enugu International Trade Fair Complex.

Earlier in his speech, the President of the ECCIMA, Dr Theo Okonkwo, had expressed happiness that despite all the challenges facing the chamber in hosting Trade Fairs at the permanent complex, it had successfully held the 21st, 22nd “ and the current 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair which “we believe would be more successful than the two previous editions held in this complex 2010 and 2011.”

He commended the new spirit of co-operation between ECCIMA and the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment which led to the handing over of the 40 unit shops developed by the ministry as part of the “added value in the development of the Enugu International Trade Fair Complex”.

This is an annual business event organized by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) Showcasing the key areas of investment and business in the Nigerian Economy. The theme for this fair is tagged transforming the Nation's Economy through Policy Reforms and Enhanced Infrastructural Facilities....more