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Review Environmental Impact Assessment Policy, stakeholders urge FG

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Participants in Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on Integrating Social and Human Rights Impact Assessment into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Policy and Legal Framework gave the advice at the end of their meeting in Abuja.

 

The participants’ advise was contained in a communique issued  on Tuesday by Mr Peter Egbule, the Chairman, Communiqué Committee and the National Coordinator of Publish What You Pay, an NGO.

 

 

“There was an expressed need to engage independent bodies to jointly review the EIA.

 

“The EIA Department of Federal Ministry of Environment should be funded and given a specific budgetary allocation to facilitate the EIA process in Nigeria.

 

“There should be an MoU between the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on implementation of EIA process just as there is with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development,’’ they said.

 

The participants said that the EIA Act, when reviewed should encourage the inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the EIA process.

 

“EIA should be reviewed to address this gap by including employment and mitigation.

 

“A copy of the summarised version of the EIA Reports should be made available to communities where it is conducted.

 

“In essence, EIA reports should be sent to the affected communities to get their feedback since it affects them,’’ the communiqué said.

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After Trump tweet debate, Facebook to review policies on posts

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to review the social network’s policies, amid heated debate over how social media should handle posts by United States President Donald Trump.

The company will review how it handles threats of state use of force and posts that could influence voter participation, the social network’s chief executive said in a post on Facebook.

It will also look into alternatives to simply removing a post or leaving it as it stands.

“I know many of you think we should have labeled the President’s posts in some way last week,” he wrote in a message to employees, but added that he worries such an approach risks leading Facebook to “editorialise on content we don’t like even if it doesn’t violate our policies.”

So I think we need to proceed very carefully,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg has come under pressure from the public and his own employees after Twitter placed a “public interest notice” on a Trump post for violating the platform’s rules “about glorifying violence,” a move not mirrored by Facebook.

In the tweet, which was also visible on his Facebook page, Trump slammed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as “THUGS” and appeared to promote a violent response by saying, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Zuckerberg said last week that the post did not violate Facebook’s guidelines, even if he personally disapproved.

His public position is that internet platforms, including Facebook, should not be “arbiters of truth.”

Facebook largely exempts politicians’ posts from fact checks.

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COVID-19: INEC seeks review of security architecture for elections

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, called for the review of security architecture for elections, in the light of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Yakubu, in his remarks during the first virtual consultative meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee On Election Security (ICCES), said there was need to come up with clear guidelines supplementary Code of Conduct, for security personnel on election duty.

Yakubu said that the recently released INEC’s policy on conducting elections under the current global pandemic, was anchored on the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF), based on the advisory by health authorities.

“The guidelines provide for measures to protect the electoral process and the people involved, ranging from the election officials, observers, the media and above all, the voters.

“Doing so will also increase public confidence and consequently enhance the credibility of the electoral process.

“To do so effectively, there is need to review the security architecture in the light of the global pandemic and come up with clear guidelines, as well as supplementary Code of Conduct for security personnel on election duty.

 “As the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic will impact on the planning and deployment strategy for the conduct of elections generally, it is necessary for ICCES to evolve effective ways of securing and protecting the integrity of the electoral process.

“Fortunately, in the aftermath of recent governorship elections, ICCES set up an ad hoc committee to advise it on security arrangements for future elections.

“The report of the committee, which will be presented for consideration at this meeting, is coming at an auspicious time.

“We should, as a matter of urgency, come up with a policy and code of conduct for security personnel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Yakubu said.

He disclosed that 15 out of 18 registered political parties had invited the commission to monitor their primaries for the nomination of candidates for the Edo Governorship, while the process for Ondo governorship election would be between July 2 to  July 25.

Yakubu, who said there were already warning signals the parties primaries for the elections were going to be acrimonious, called on security agencies to be proactive by meeting  early, with political parties and aspirants for peaceful primaries and elections.

“As you are aware, the conduct of primaries by political parties tends to be very acrimonious.

“The acrimony is carried forward into the electioneering campaigns and Election Day activities. Already, there are warning signals. The security agencies need to act proactively.

“An early engagement with political parties and aspirants is necessary in order to create the atmosphere for peaceful primaries and consequently peaceful elections,” he said.

He assured that INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology in the management of the country’s  electoral process, including ICCES meetings and other engagements with security agencies.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, called on security agencies to ensure that Edo and Ondo governorship elections as well as by-elections were conducted without rancour.

Monguno, represented by Galadima Yusuf, expressed optimism that the pandemic would soon be over and there would be peaceful conduct of elections.


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Post-COVID-19: Experts call for review of Bilateral Air Services Agreement

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Some aviation experts have called for an immediate review of Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to create an enabling business environment for airlines.

They made the call at the third edition of the aviation webinar organised by a law firm, AELEX partners, on Friday in Lagos.

Mr Nick Fadugba, the Chairman of African Business Aviation Association (AFBAA), said the multiple entry points and the frequencies of foreign airlines had been a disadvantage to Nigerian airlines as opposed to the advantages the agreement was supposed to present.

“At the time the bilateral agreement was made, Nigerian airlines in play at the time were relatively new, and now to ensure the growth of the airlines, there’s a need to review the agreement to properly incorporate the airlines as the agreements do not favour the average Nigerian carrier.

“The  multiple entry points have diluted the domestic market for the carriers,” he said.

Fadugba noted that there was need to overhaul the current business plans of the airlines with emphasis on unit cost, load factor and yield.

He said that for the airlines to rise above the current situation, there should be cooperation among airlines through joint training, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), spares pooling, joint operation, interlining and code-sharing.

Another panelist at the webinar, Ms Iyabo Sosina, an international aviation expert and former Secretary General of African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), stated that the future of air transport in Nigeria was bright inspite of all the challenges at play now.

Sosina advocated the need for rebuilding and repositioning of the industry.

According to her, there is a need to focus on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without unnecessary political interference with the authority.

She, however,  advised that airlines in Nigeria should be reduced to about four, adding that these airlines must be able to boast of between 10 and 20 aircraft each.

Sosina also noted that more than ever before, there was a need for airlines to initiate collaborative ways of doing business as mergers could not be forced.

This, she said, would make the industry stronger to be able to compete on not just the domestic level but also on the regional and international scenes.

Also speaking, Dr John Arthur of Ghana Airport Company, said  that airports need to start afresh by collaborating with each other and aviation stakeholders.

Arthur advised that African countries should come together to share expertise in order to make the aviation industry viable.

He also noted that countries should look at investing in non-aeronautical inclusions such as building malls in the airports.

Sindy Foster, the Principal Managing Partner at Avaero Capital Partners, stated that the Nigerian aviation industry had been in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Foster, the lack of capitalisation and the low propensity of Nigerians to fly has been a major issue.

“There is need to look into the factors frustrating the airlines business, one of which is the ticket prices. Multiple taxations should be removed to encourage airlines growth,” Foster said.

Foster, however, disagreed with the Nigerian government over social distancing on flights by reducing load factor to between 50 and 70 per cent.

She said the airlines were already in a dire situation when they were operating at full capacity and asking them to reduce the load capacity was another way of putting down airlines striving to get back on their feet post COVID-19.

The Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Operations at International Air Transport Association (IATA), Ms Adefunke Adeyemi, said the airline industry in Africa had experienced a revenue loss of about 6 billion dollars and flights were down by 94 per cent at the end of April.

Adeyemi  stated that inspite of government implementing significant relief measures across the globe, there was need to do more.

According to her , IATA has advocated financial support for Africa from various organisations like UNWTO, World Travel and Tourism Council and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

Adeyemi, however, advised that in order to restart the aviation sector, it was necessary to restore public confidence in air travel, putting adequate health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring aviation essentials to jump start economies.

In his contribution, Mr  Richard Gimblett, a Partner at Holamn Fenwick Willian, a UK-based law firm, while supporting the points made by other panelists, stated that governments across the world were devising measures to restart the aviation sector.

He said that the Nigerian government should not be left behind.

Gimblett advised that the government could restart the industry by providing direct financial support to passengers and cargo carriers, ensure relief on fees, charges and taxes, make forex available for technological innovations, while also engaging with the leasing and financial community.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Webinar panel of discussion was moderated by Theophilus Emuwa.

Emuwa, who is also the Managing Partner and Head of Tax at AELEX, said there was need for transparency in the management of funds for the aviation industry to grow.

NAN also reports that AELEX is a full service commercial law firm.  

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Post-COVID-19: Experts call for review of Bilateral Air Services Agreement

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Some aviation experts have called for an immediate review of Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), to create an enabling business environment for Nigerian airlines.

They made the call at the third edition of the aviation webinar, organised by AELEX partners and monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Webinar panel of discussion was moderated by Theophilus Emuwa.

Emuwa, who is a Managing Partner, Head of Tax at AELEX, said there was need for transparency in the management of funds for the aviation industry to grow.

Mr Nick Fadugba, the Chairman of African Business Aviation Association (AFBAA), said the multiple entry points and the frequencies of foreign airlines had been a disadvantage to the Nigerian airlines.

He said this is as opposed to the advantages the agreement was supposed to present.

“At the time the bilateral agreement was made, the Nigerian airlines in play at the time were relatively new.

“Now, to ensure the growth of the airlines, there’s a need to review the agreement to properly incorporate the airlines as the agreements do not favour the average Nigerian carrier.

“The multiple entry points have diluted the domestic market for the carriers,” he said.

Fadugba noted that there was a need to overhaul the current business plans of the airlines with emphasis on unit cost, load factor and yield.

He said that for the airlines to rise above the current situation, there should be cooperation, through joint training, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), spares pooling, joint operation, interlining and code-sharing.

Similarly, Ms Iyabo Sosina, an international aviation expert and former Secretary-General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), stated that the future of air transport in Nigeria was bright despite current challenges.

Sosina stressed on the need for rebuilding and repositioning of the industry.

According to her, there is a need to focus on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without unnecessary political interference with the authority.

She, however, advised that airlines in the country should be reduced to not more than four, adding that these airlines must be able to boast of between 10 and 20 aircraft each.

Sosina also noted that more than ever before, there was a need for airlines to initiate collaborative ways of doing business as mergers could not be forced.

Also, Dr John Arthur, the Group Executive Finance, Ghana Airport Company, said that airports need to start afresh by collaborating with each other and aviation stakeholders.

Arthur advised that African countries should come together to share expertise in order to make the aviation industry viable.

On her part, Sindy Foster, the Principal Managing Partner at Avaero Capital Partners, said that the Nigerian aviation industry had been in crisis way before COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Foster, the lack of capitalisation and the low propensity of Nigerians to fly has been a major issue, which more than ever before, has become pertinent to address.

“There is need to look into the factors frustrating the airline business. One of which is the ticket prices. Multiple taxations should be removed to encourage airline growth,” she said.

Ms Adefunke Adeyemi, however, pointed out that the airline industry in Africa had experienced a revenue loss of about 6 billion Dollars and flights went down by 94 per cent at the end of April.

Adeyemi, who is the Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Operations at International Air Transport Association (IATA),  stated that despite government implementing significant relief measures across the globe, there was need to do more.

According to her, IATA has advocated financial support for Africa from various organisations like UNWTO, world travel and tourism council and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

While supporting the points made by other panelists, Mr  Richard Gimblett explained that governments across the world were devising measures to restart the aviation sector.

Gimblett, a Partner at Holamn Fenwick Willian, a UK-based law firm, said that the Nigerian government should not be left behind.

He said that the government could restart the industry by providing direct financial support to passengers and cargo carriers.

Gimblett added that the government should also ensure relief on fees, charges and taxes, make forex available for technological innovations, while also engaging with the leasing and financial community.  


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AfDB board authorises independent body to review ethics committee report

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The Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has authorised an independent review of the report of ethics committee of the boards of the Directors and submission made by Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the bank.

The bureau of the Boards of Governors of AfDB made the resolution in a communique issued by the chairperson of the bureau, Ms Niale KABA after their meeting on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United States department of treasury had called for an independent probe of allegations levelled against Dr Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president on corruption after being cleared by the bank’s ethics committee.

The position of U.S representative in the bank has been condemned by many African leaders and some sitting presidents in Africa as they rallied support for Adesina.

The communique stated that the bureau reiterated that it agreed that the ethics committee of the board of Directors performed its role on this matter in accordance with the applicable role under resolution /2008/11 of the board of Governors.

It also stated that the chairperson of the bureau performed her role in accepting the findings of the ethics committee in accordance with the said resolution.

According to the communique, the bureau arrived at the decision based on views of some Governors on the matter to carry every member along in resolving it.

“The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individuals with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the bank’s group electoral calendar into account.

“The bureau agrees that within a three to six months period, and following the independent review of the ethics committee report, an independent comprehensive review of the implementation of the bank’s group whistle blowing and complaint.

“Handling policy should be conducted with a view to ensuring that the policy is properly implemented, and revising it where necessary to avoid situations of this nature in future” it stated.

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FG okays upward review of Lokoja Port contract sum to N600m

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The Federal Government has approved the upward review of the contract sum of the Lokoja Port from N400. 11 million to N600.4 million.

The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu, confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.

He said that the review was to accommodate additional specifications to the project to meet specific standards .

Moghalu said that with this development, the contractor handling the project would soon return to site, adding that the authority was committed to its early completion.

On Baro Port which has remained inactive since it’s inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari, the managing director said that the major constraint was lack of access road to the port.

He however said that he would soon meet with the Governor of Niger, Abubakar Bello and other critical stakeholders on how to resolve the problem.

Moghalu said that the authority had plans to review its tarrifs downward as part of efforts to make inland waterways attractive for movement of cargo and passengers.

To this end, he said that the authority had begun discussions with some private investors to acquire ferries to ply the dredged channels of River Niger.

According to him, NIWA is in the process of buying a dredger to ensure regular maintenance of the dredged lower part of River Niger.

The Federal Government in 2011 dredged the lower part of River Niger at a cost of N36 billion.

The dredging which covered 10,000 kilometres started from Baro in Niger State to Onitsha, Anambra State.

Moghalu appealed to the media to help in returning normalcy to the country by educating Nigerians on how to regularly observe the protocols put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He also solicited media support for the activities of NIWA, saying that the agency as a major player in the maritime sector, was critical to the survival of the country’s economy.


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Aviation stakeholders seek review, sustainability measures as airports reopen June 21

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Some aviation stakeholders have urged the Federal Government to ensure an effective review of the sector and its sustainability before reopening airports on June 21.

 

The stakeholders, under the aegis of Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI), said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

 

They appealed to the government to ensure that the resumption of flights would be in compliance with approved protocols for safe operations by the airlines.

 

NAN reports that the Federal Government has approved June 21 for resumption of domestic flights, after shutting  down airports for three months, to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The President of ASRTI, Dr Gbenga Olowo, said that  the sector required more initiatives than just reopening the airports.

 

“Three weeks is good enough to do the needful by all stakeholders, because we never stopped strategising and talking all through the lockdown.  It’s time to walk the talk.

 

“It is expected that all states should open up their economies  and indeed all countries should open simultaneously their activities because aviation connects economies.

 

“So, while we continue to battle with the virus, our economic life line must not be destroyed. The two are directly related. Just as disease can kill, hunger can also kill and even kill faster.

 

“Hunger destroys the immune system and makes citizens susceptible to Covid and non Covid attack,” he said.

 

Olowo said that airlines had been advancing in technology prior to COVID-19 on social distancing through self service for online ticketing and payments, self service check in, self service security and passport controls,among others.

 

Olowo  said: “Face masks, handwashing and sanitisation will be a necessary and sufficient condition for travel.

 

“Health certificates valid for at least 14 days, scannable on phones just like boarding pass, should be a necessary condition for travel to avoid isolation at the destination.

 

“This is a challenge for port health.

 

“As we continue to advance in technology, the ease of doing business without or limited human contact will progress the industry further and challenge the skill set of employees,” he said.

 

Olowo said that on board, social distancing would be quite challenging except aircraft would be configured to all first class seating arrangements for economic operations.

 

According  to him,no airline can ever break even with less than 40 per cent load factor at the extremely low fares prevalent in the market, where pasengers pay less than 100 dollars per hour on jet engines.

 

“This was the level 30 years ago, precisely 1990.  Lagos to Abuja was N2, 200. Exchange rate was N22 per dollar.

 

“The dichotomy is, can the passengers afford higher levels of tariff ?

 

“This is where government’s intervention in airline economics is needed in Nigeria by deliberate application of subsidies on fuel, taxes, airport charges,VAT, five per cent  or lower interest rate on loans,  and quick foreign exchange (FX) availability in order to lower airlines’ cost of operations,” he said.

 

Also, the Secretary General, ASRTI, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (rtd), said that government’s non-fiscal monetary bailouts for aviation operators should only be given to airlines not indebted to the government’s service providers.

 

Ojikutu said that the industry was going through a hard time under the pandemic, adding that  the stakeholders needed to  make sacrificial efforts instead of insisting on financial bailouts from government.

 

He said: “We may come out worst of the present situation than we are now.

 

“Government on the other hand should give the operators  palliatives but it must not be monetary because previous financial interventions running to hundreds of billions of Maura giving  to the domestic airlines are yet to be recovered fully after almost 10 years.

 

“Government should make  airport landing and parking free,  free air navigational charges for not more than  three months  for domestic airlines only after  easing of lockdown on operations.

 

” Fifty  per cent Passengers Service Charge (PSC) discount for three months on all domestic passengers only should be considered.

 

“Gradual charges reversal and the incremental of all the service charges to 50 per cent of the normal  charges in the next three months  on all services provided by the government’s service providers should be considered .

 

“The next three months  will attract 75 per cent changes of the normal charges. The next three  months after  the first one will  attract 100 per cent revert to the full charges.

 

The Passenger Service Charge will also revert to 100 per cent  after the first three  months of  concession”.

 

Also,  Mr Olumide Ohunayo, a member of the association, said that the resumption of airlines was normal which should be subjected to  the directives and the guidelines  of the airports’ authority  for effective safety procedures.

 

Ohunayo said that social distancing and nose masks’ wearing should be enforced before boarding and while on board.

 

He added that serving of food should be stopped on board, while sanitisers should be given to passengers.

 

“The cabin crew should also put in place measures to ensure effective safety procedures within the three weeks’ window before reopening.

 

“Training and retraining of operational staff should be in compliance with government’s regulations,” he said.

 


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Ekiti Assembly sends reviewed N91bn Appropriation Bill to Finance C’ttee

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The Ekiti House of Assembly on Monday committed the reviewed N91 billion Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 to its Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative consideration.

The decision was taken after debate by members at  plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House had earlier passed a 2020 Budget of N124 billion tagged: “Budget of Deliverables.”

Members attributed the downward review of the budget from the N124 billion to N91 billion to the economic reality foisted on Nigeria and Ekiti in particular by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, government has to review its budget downwards to meet the state’s economic reality.

Mr Tajudeen Akingbolu(APC- Ekiti West State Constituency 1), Mr Steven Aribasoye (APC-Ikole 2 State Constituency) and Mr Ayodeji Ajayi (APC-Ise/Orun State Constituency) said the review was necessitated by the crash in oil prices at the world market.

They described the reviewed appropriation by the executive as welcome and timely to ensure the workability of the state’s expenditure.

Mr Olajide Adegoke(APC- Efon State Constituency, Mr Femi Akindele(APC-Irepodun/Ifelodun State Constituency and the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Hakeem Jamiu, hailed the decision.

Mrs Teju Okunyigba(APC-Gbonyin Constituency), on her part,  described the proposed review of the appropriation bill as a ‘direct response’ to the current economic reality.

Afuye said the need for the supplementary appropriation bill could not be faulted.

“States, particularly Ekiti, must cut its cloth according to its size now that the world economy is affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus,” he said.

Earlier, the Assembly, through unanimous resolution, had adopted the Ekiti Medium Term Expenditure Frame Work (MTEF) 2020 to 2022 Document presented by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.

The motion for its adoption was moved by Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, the Majority Leader, and seconded by Adelugba.

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Ondo Assembly calls for review of oil palm company policies

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has called on the state government to review its policies and invest more on Araromi/Ayesan Oil Palm Plc, in Araromi Obu.

It said this was necessary in order to generate funds to the government coffer and create job opportunities for its citizenry.

Mr Olalekan Elegbeleye, the Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, stated this during the committee’s oversight visit to the company on Friday in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government area of the state.

Elegbeleye said that the palm oil company was a huge and useful asset, making revenue to the government.

He explained that there was need for government to pay more attention to it since the current administration was ready to invest in agriculture.

According to him, the palm seedlings needed by the company should be improved.

The Chairman said that security apparatus of the company would be strengthened.

Elegbeleye lauded the efforts of late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, for establishing the company and others for the future of youths of Southwest region, saying that such investment had reduced unemployment rate in the state.

 He said that the committee was encouraged by the company’s management efforts that kept it functioning.

Similarly, Mr Ademoye Aderoboye, a member of the committee, said that the company has been contributing meaningfully to the state government.

Aderoboye noted that there was need to improve on the subvention given to the company in order to cater for welfare of workers so that there would be increased productivity.

He promised that appropriate security would be provided so that the state could continue to benefit from the company.

Earlier, Mr Sola Ikumawoyi, the General Manager, said that the company was virile and could alleviate poverty and impact development of the state.

Ikumawoyi noted that the company had gone through transformation since its establishment, saying that the company’s current management had got improved seedlings from Thailand.

He added that the company had 500 direct staff as it was yearning to expand its workforce to 800 direct workers.

According to him, the company has 950 effective hectares of palm trees and has commenced gradual replacement of old palm trees.

Ikumawoyi said that the company needed more funds to operate, stressing that the company relied on diesel which cost five million naira per month since there was no power supply to the company.

“We have several challenges such as insecurity, inadequate funds and continued power outage.

“Some people do cart away our seeds and the stealing is still on-going though police are helping us,” he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

 

 

 

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