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UNIDO pledges support for made-in-Nigeria goods



The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) says it will continue to support the country in removing barriers to local, regional and international trade and ensure that ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ products are safe and marketable.

The organisation made this known at the Meeting of Regional Steering Committees of the West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Bernard Bau, the WAQSP Project Manager at UNIDO, said with financial support of 12 million Euros from the European Union (EU), UNIDO aims to enhance trade facilitation in the country.

“UNIDO’s mandate is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable development in developing countries.

“UNIDO’s interventions with WAQSP aims to support the implementation of the ECOWAS Quality Policy adopted in 2013 by developing and strengthening a regional quality system.

“This will complement existing national quality system to existing quality infrastructure that allows companies to increase their competitiveness, ensure conformity of their products with international standards at limited cost,’’ he said.

Bau appealed to West African countries, especially Nigeria, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau that are yet to adopt the Regional Quality Policy to do, to ensure regional standardisation of goods.

He said that the Regional Quality Policy aims to create a regional product certification to mark quality goods produced within region, and certified them for regional and international trade.

Also, Mr Frank Okafor, the Programme Manager for WAQSP at the EU, said that the EU funding of development in West Africa was quite huge.

He said that in the EU’s current funding circle, spanning from 2016 to 2020, the union had provided about one billion Euros to the region for development assistance.

“Within this circle, the EU has provided 140 million Euros for the West African Competitiveness Support Programme that has national components in the 16 West African Countries.

“The EU also mobilised partnership between USAID, the Netherlands and the German Government to provide 60 million Euros to support trade facilitation in West Africa.

“Between 2007 and now, the EU has provided about 45 million Euros working directly with UNIDO to develop quality infrastructure in Africa.

“For this particular programme, the EU has provided 12 million Euros to support the implementation of WAQSP.

Okafor said that the goal of the EU is to make certain that in global trading, all goods no matter their country of origin have the same standard and are safe.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the main objective of the WAQSP, which began in 2001, is to support the development of quality infrastructures in West Africa.

The goal is to establish a regional quality policy, national quality policies, promote the adoption of regional standards, the accreditation of 21 testing and calibration laboratories in line with International Organisation Standards.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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Development: Gombe govt. to pay $3m counterpart fund to UNIDO – Gov. Yahaya



Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has said that the state is prepared to pay $3 million to United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNIDO) to boost the socio-economic development of the state.

Yahaya stated this during a courtesy call by the paramount ruler of Waja community in Balanga Local Government area of the state on Tuesday.

He said that this would help to upgrade the Balanga dam project for electricity generation and irrigation purpose, among others.

Besides, the governor that it would create more employment opportunities for the youth and boost the socio-economic development of the state.

He called on the people of the state to continue to support government policies and programmes for the development of the state.

Yahaya said that he had the intention of constructing more roads to link up with the communities bordering Adamawa state, aside the ongoing projects in the area.

Speaking earlier, the royal father, Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad, thanked the governor for the ongoing road projects in his area.

According to him, they have been yearning for the projects for long.

He added that before the completion of the projects, they had started feeling the impacts, because it had reduced three hours journey to 30 minutes.

Muhammad appealed for more projects in the area to enable people transport their farm produce to urban centres.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Delta Govt. lauds UNIDO for introducing programmes, projects



Delta Government has commended the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for introducing programmes that would help in developing the state and promoting the social economic wellbeing of the people.

The state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Barry Gbe, gave the commendation when he received Mr Osu Otu, the representative of UNIDO’s Country Director on Monday in Asaba.

Gbe said that the state was interested in the ‘stand-out’ UNIDO projects and programmes that would promote inclusive and industrial development in the state.

The commissioner promised to convene a meeting with the officials of UNIDO and to relay its request to the state Governor.

He further outlined a number of training programmes that the state was currently running, such as YAGEPreneurs, STEPreneurs, agro industrial Park.

Earlier, Otu, said UNIDO’s mission in the state was to find out what the state government needed in terms of projects and programmes and see ways it could assist.

He outlined some projects and programmes that the organisation could embarked upon in the state to include establishment of special economic zones, agro-allied industries and industrial parks.

According to him, most industrial parks across the nation have the problem of electricity, and there is need to set up hydro electricity power station that would provide power to the industries.

He also said that UNIDO would support science and technology, capacity building, quality and standard in production and packaging as well as renewable energy such as solar, wind and biogas in the state.

The representative of the coutry director said that UNIDO country programme would last for 40 years.

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Kebbi Govt. partners UNIDO for independent power supply 



The Kebbi State Government in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has step-up efforts for an independent power supply for the state through hydro-electric source.

This is contained in a statement by  Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Atiku Bagudu and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.

The CPS said the position was made known during an interactive session between a delegation of UNIDO and officials of Kebbi State Government led by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu held in Birnin Kebbi.

According to him, there is the possibility that Kebbi State will enjoy independent power supply through hydro-electric source to be located in either Zauro, Kende or Zuru to boost the Industrial quest of the state.

Speaking at the session, the UNIDO representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Office, Mr Jean Bankole who led UNIDO team,  said the organisation considered electricity supply as a critical major sector of industrialisation without which industries and business could not survive.

He told the audience that creating energy supply was among the commitments of UNIDO towards conducting industrial policy for Kebbi State under the country programme for Nigeria.

Bankole added that 60 million US Dollars would be expended to hasten industrial growth, economic entrepreneurship and eradication of poverty.

The team leader noted that UNIDO would chart Environmental policy for the State in recognition of the fact that environment and industrialisation were inter-woven.

“The organisation will provide training skills and material back-up to medium and small scale entrepreneurship in realisation that women and youths who constituted majority of entrepreneurs in this category are in need of support.

“Most importantly, Kebbi State is endowed with several sources of power supply which include hydro-power, solar/wind energy as well as bio-power.”

The Regional Director stressed the importance of creating big integrated agro-industrial park that would propel the rapid industrialisation of the state.

He said UNIDO would consolidate on the policy of President Muhammadu Buhari of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty through job creation and boosting trade and commerce.

Bankole added that the organisation was actively supportive to the quest by Nigeria to diversify her economy away from oil-dependence.

He observed that no country in the world had ever attained development without going through the process of industrialisation, which he said had been the main cardinal objective of UNIDO.

Responding, Gov. Atiku Bagudu appreciated the presence of the delegation in Kebbi State preparatory to implementing UNIDO inclusive and industrial counterpart programme for the state and Nigeria at large.

Bagudu said that the success of industrialisation solidly depended on provision of power supply, stressing the need for establishing energy industrial cluster in the state.

He explained that both Zauro, Kende and Zuru, which the UNIDO team inspected had the potential to be developed as hydro-electric base.

The governor said: “Kebbi State is glad to host UNIDO in recognition of the global experience of the Agency in economic and industrial development.

“The State will provide one million dollars as its counterpart fund to the UNIDO Programme for Nigeria and I hope by 2020, some industries on ground will come on stream.

“It is very important to note that Kebbi State is naturally endowed with conducive climate and environment suitable for industries and investment.”

The governor intimated his guests about the memorandum of understanding between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Kebbi State on the production of ethanol bio-fuel, as well as modern rice processing mills already established in major cities of the state.

“In addition, the state shared common borders with the Republic of Niger and Benin, while many indigenes of Kebbi are scattered across Africa and the world as professionals and business people.

Present at the interactive session were; the Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad-Argungu and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri.

Others were the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Abba Sani-Kalgo, Commissioner for Agriculture, Barrister Attahiru-Maccido, Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Nura Usman-Kangiwa, Commissioner for Commerce, Hajiya Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Alhaji Malami Muhammad-Shekare.

UNIDO entourage included; the UNIDO representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Officer Mr Jean Bankole from the Democratic Republic of Congo, team leader, Dr Alhaji Mustapha from Borno State and Energy Expert at UNIDO.

Others are; Mr Emeka Francis-Ezekiel, Media and Communication Expert at UNIDO, Mr Osu Osu from Ebonyi State, UNIDO Coordinator of activities in Kebbi State and Mrs Lilian Usman.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/ Tukur Muntari.

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Kebbi Govt pledges $1m counterpart fund to UNIDO for economic devt, empowerment



The Kebbi Government says it has pledged one million dollars (#363.5 million) as  counterpart fund to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to strengthening state economic development and empowerment.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu, made the pledged while receiving Mr Jean Bakole, UNIDO Representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Office Hub, who paid him a courtesy visit in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

“Our state government pledged to give its one million US dollar as the counterpart fund on the partnership with UNIDO.

“I strongly believe that the partnership like this can bring the state potential to the limelight among the comity of nations,” he said.

Bagudu expressed the readiness of people of the state to do business with people outside the country, saying, “the state is doing well in rice processing, among other things.”

Earlier, Bakole said that UNIDO would partner the state government on industrialisation, agro businesses, metal and steel production.

“UNIDO is currently spending 60 million U.S dollars (#21.8 billion) in Nigeria for period of five years started from 2018, and development partners and UNIDO will shares 30 million dollars (#10.95 billion).

“The organisation is committed to the development of Kebbi State, and we are ready to eradicate poverty in the state with huge investment.

“The main objective is to come here for follow-up on what we discussed in Abuja on our programme on the inclusive and neighborhood development programme in Nigeria.

“It is for five years starting in 2018 and it will be completed by 2022.

“It is a 60 million U.S dollars (#21.8 billion) country programme for which we are expecting 30 million U.S dollars (#10.95 billion) from the Nigerian Government.

“And of course, the remaining 30 million U.S dollars (#10.95 billion) will be mobilised from the states and other partners we normally work with,” he said.

Bakole revealed that UNIDO intended to partner with the state in 12 areas of economic and empowerment.

“These areas are: data capturing, Industrialisation, special economy, agro and agric processing, MSME, trade and capacity building, metal steel industry, poverty eradication and women and youth empowerment.

“We are going to do something big for the people of Kebbi,” he assured.

The representative commended the Federal Government for its commitment in the implementation of UNIDO programmes for Nigerians and Africans.

The UNIDO and state government officials, however, went into a closed down technical session on the partnership.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Olagoke Olatoye





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UNIDO tasks society on national policy on solid waste management



The United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO), has challenged the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) to ensure the enforcement of National Policy on Waste Management developed by the Federal Ministry of Environment.

Mr Jean Bakole, the Regional Director, UNIDO gave the advice on the sidelines of the roundtable talk and exhibition on Plastic Waste Management in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja organised by WAMASON FCT Council on

Bakole represented by Mr Yomi Banjo, Environment expert of UNIDO regional office described the policy as important document that could ease the operation of the society.

“We supported the ministry of environment in developing National policy on solid waste management and this is a very important policy to WAMASON.

“I call on the society to ensure in the revitalisation of this policy, you should ensure that this policy is approved and it becomes a legal document which you could use as an insurance for your operation.

“You can’t overemphasised the synergy between the organised private sector and the government. Whatever policy that is formulated cannot be successful if the private sector is not included in that policy.

“So, it is important that whenever government is formulating its policy, regulations and legislation that it carries the private sector along like the WAMASON,” Bakole said.

Bakole, who described the society as key to achieving zero waste however urged members to take the bull by the horn by displaying management skills associated with plastic waste to the populace.

He further urged them to collaborate with government in any policy and programme to ensure that plastic waste was seen  as huge resources and valuable industrial material rather than refuse.

According to him, waste is not just about dumping refuse, is converting resources that you think are not useful to you to resources that are useful to another set of people in the industry.

Bakole, who noted that UNIDO had been a stakeholder in the country regarding environment, said that the organisation had completed some projects in the past, while others were at the verge of completion.

He assured of the commitment of the organisation to implement a project tagged: “Resource efficiency and human production” early 2020.

According to him, the project has a lot to do in waste management, it has a lot to in changing the mindset of industries from how they can manage their waste to achieving zero waste.

The regional director further reiterated the continuous commitment of UNIDO to support the Federal Government with expertise in the area of environmental management,  especially in industrial management.

Mrs Kitan Oluwagbuyi, FCT Councilor of WAMASON said the roundtable and exhibition were to avail members of the society, non members and other stakeholders in recycling plastic waste the opportunity to showcase their products.

Oluwagbuyi, who identified plastic waste as evident in fashion industry, art, construction of houses, public toilets, area of energy recovery amongst others emphasised that this would enable government to have balance policy with regard to banning plastic.

She emphasised that considering this varying contributions of plastic to the economy and the public the policy on ban of plastic, if fully developed implemented, it would bring number of people that live on plastics out of penury.

“We organise this roundtable and exhibition on plastic waste management because discussion is going at the national level to have a ban on plastic.

“So, we wanted all our members and none members who have initiatives, practicing, working with plastic waste in different forms to showcase their work to the Ministry of Environment so that there will be balance in the policy development for plastic life cycle.

“The programme is basically a showcase of what was currently going on and to upscale some of the initiatives on ground in the area where there are barriers.

“And the areas where we need support from the government we will be able to in order to ensure we don’t bring number of people that live on plastics to penury,” Oluwagbuyi.

The programme was supported by Zero Waste, Institute for Physics and Ecology, Chanja Datti, Ministry of Environment, among others.

Edited by Grace Yussuf

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UNIDO, SECO support Ghana to improve cocoa quality



The UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in collaboration with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), is set to assist deepen the quality of Ghana’s cocoa beans.

With the support of the two institutions, the Quality Control Company (QCC) of the Ghana Cocoa Board has received two global quality certificates: ISO IEC 17020 and ISO IEC 17025, for its laboratory and its inspectorate operations.

Presenting the certificates to the company, Juan Pablo Dávila Sanchez, who manages UNIDO’s global quality and standards programme in West Africa, lauded the hard work and determination from Ghana to attain the two ISO certifications.

“Although Ghana cocoa beans are recognised for their outstanding quality, these international accreditations will further strengthen the country’s position and recognition as one of the world’s leading cocoa producer,’’ Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Philipp Stalder, said.

He said that 60 per cent of all Swiss chocolate was made from Ghanaian cocoa beans.

Stalder expressed delight that the Swiss Government, through SECO, had been able to support Ghana to improve its quality control measures.

Edited by Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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FAO, UNIDO to promote youth employment via agriculture




By Bukola Adewumi

Abuja, Sept.1, 2019 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has pledged to promote youth employment in the agriculture sector in Africa.

The Director General of FAO, Mr Qu Dongyu, made this known on Sunday in a statement to Nigeria News Agency by Mr David Tsokar, FAO National Communication Officer, in Abuja

Qu made this known at the sideline of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan.

He said the African Union and other partners would launch the Flagship Initiative to Accelerate Youth Employment in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Africa.

He said Africa has the youngest population in the world, with more than 600 million young people in the labour market.

Qu said, based on the principles of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the initiative aimed to enhance the business ecosystem by creating more jobs and opportunities for African youth.

“Its main focus is to provide technical assistance, capacity development and knowledge exchange to youth enterprises by prioritising agricultural value chains.

“As such, responsible agricultural investment to develop rural areas and reduce urban-rural disparity through public-private partnerships is fundamental.

“When we talk about the potential of human capital in Africa, we are particularly referring to young people.

“African agribusinesses are expected to create a market worth US$1 trillion by 2030, so agriculture and agribusiness have an invaluable and untapped potential to address the youth unemployment challenge,” Qu said.

He said dissemination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can further leverage the capacity of young people to innovate and launch a new business.

“These technologies connect small farmers to markets, reduce transaction costs and mitigate risks as well as establish new possibilities for education and technical training in remote rural areas.

“Agenda 2063 for Africa aspires to achieve equal prosperity, based on inclusive and sustainable growth, driven by the potential of women and youth in particular,”

Similarly, UNIDO Director General, Li Yong, emphasised that “Integrating youth in agriculture and agribusiness is a key priority in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).”

The launch of the FAO-UNIDO Flagship Initiative would reflect the global commitments toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and calls for action among its partners to further strengthen collaboration by mobilising resources.


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UNIDO empowers 60 women entrepreneurs on business management skill



The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has empowered 60 women entrepreneurs with skills to manage their businesses effectively and efficiently.

The Programme officer of UNIDO, Mr Francis Ukoh made this known on Friday at the end of the one-week training for the women in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, in Abuja.

Ukoh said that the training would not only improve the livelihood of the women, but would also enable them to create wealth directly and indirectly.

“The training covers areas such as financial management, marketing, communication, innovation and operation.

“It also exposed them to the unique value of business, bankable proposition, profit and loss techniques and cash flow management.

Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, while presenting certificates of completion the women, commended UNIDO for such women entrepreneurial initiative in Nigeria.

She called on the beneficiaries to ensure they made good use of the training and continued networking after the programme to enable them share experiences to grow their businesses.

According to her, business can only be good when the beneficiaries interacted with each other.

She urged participants to invest wisely, saying that it was not every business that people should invest in.

Mr Iweriebor Uwefiri, the Manager in charge of Gender Desk in CBN said the bank had created a gender desk for women and a special intervention fund to those willing to go into entrepreneurship.

Uwefiri said that the Federal Government was taking up the issue of funding women entrepreneurship seriously, hence CBN was at the forefront of supporting women entrepreneurs.

Miss Joyce Sim-Bala, a journalist and an entrepreneur  commended UNIDO for the initiative, adding that she was a major beneficiary of the scheme as it had allowed her to stand on her own.

She said that she had always craved to own her own TV talk show, noting that the training by UNIDO gave her the boldness to take up the challenge.

According to her, she now hosts a TV show in Jigawa, which she has been has changed her story for the better.

Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Farmcrowdy bags UNIDO award for Disruptive Innovation in Agribusiness Technologies



The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has given Lagos-based Farmcrowdy Group the award for “Disruptive Innovation in Agribusiness Technology”.

According to a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by the group on Thursday in Lagos, the award was given on Wednesday in Rome, Italy.

Onyeka Akumah, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the group, said that it was a confirmation of the firm’s hard word to ensure sustainable agriculture and food sufficiency in the country.

Akumah said that the award was given at the UNIDO International Award 2019 of Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness, which was the third in its series.

It was also said that the firm had earlier received recognitions at the Next Bulls Awards organised by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and BusinessDay.

NAN reports that the awards, Next Bulls Awards, was to recognise market leadership, potential to list on the NSE, innovation, growth trajectory, market dominance and brand authenticity.

Akuma said: “Both of these awards are confirmation of our over two years of consistent hard work, transforming agriculture in Nigeria.

“We believe this is only the beginning for Farmcrowdy and we are encouraged to do more. We appreciate all the farmers we’ve worked with, stakeholders and the amazing Farmcrowdy team.

NAN reports that Farmcrowdy Group had started the year on a positive note; from expanding the group to having a subsidiary known as Farmgate Africa, signing both local and international partnerships to empower more rural farmers in Africa and to constantly impact collaborative food production and boosting food security.

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