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FG empowers women group to boost small business operations

In line with Federal Government’s Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) initiative meant to encourage the development of Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria attain financial prosperity, 1,250 women have been trained to benefit from soft loans needed for their businesses. To this end, non-interest soft loans of between N10,000 and N100,000 will be disbursed to the women wing of …

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Firm debunks concerns on safety of Lucozade drinks

Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited manufacturers of Lucozade have assured its consumers that its range of Lucozade drinks do not contain benzoic acid and as such are safe and healthy for human consumption. Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of Lucozade have assured its consumers that its range of Lucozade drinks do not contain benzoic acid and as …

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SON, UNIDO strategise to remove export barriers

To reduce rejection of Nigerian products in global markets, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and United Nations Development Organisation (UNIDO) have strategized to deploy the use of standards to drive development in the nation’s agricultural sector. According to the Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, during a two- day training for SON staff on certification programmes, the agency’s partnership with …

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LCCI, others boost SMEs’ capacity for market access

As access to markets unveils new challenges to small businesses, especially in the area of selling their goods and services to consumers, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in conjunction with Facebook, has advocated increased understanding of consumer behaviour and markets by SMEs in order to sustain their operations. According to the stakeholders, the emergence of various online platforms …

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Post-Otodo Gbame: Nigeria desperately needs cheaper housing solutions

Everything wrong with Lagos state government’s recent clearance of the riverside community, Otodo Gbame, can be summarised in one sentence – Nigeria does not know how to build houses cheaply. There is nothing strange about clearing slums and there are very good reasons to do so. President Truman’s 1949 Housing Act provided $1bn in funding to localities across America to …

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NEPC explores opportunities in solid minerals export

Babatunde Faleke To exploit export opportunities in the nation’s solid minerals space, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has tasked exporters on the potential in the sector, citing the need to replicate the zero oil initiative across various sectors. The Regional Coordinator, South West, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Babatunde Faleke, explained that the move by the council was to …

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‘How to sustain economic recovery amid uncertainty’

To make policy implementation effective and have positive impact, experts at PwC also urged government to remove bottlenecks limiting the gains from the private sector. With earlier pressure which forced the economy into a contraction easing off amidst improved oil production, economic experts have advocated proper policy response and need to bridge infrastructural gap in various value-chains. According to the …

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SON nabs vehicle lubricants counterfeiters, warns consumers

SON Director-General, Osita Aboloma said that the arrest took place at tipper garage, in the Jaji area of Abuja, with SON operations team sealing the premises on which the illicit activity was being done The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has nabbed a syndicate that specializes in adulteration of engine oil for sale to unsuspecting members of the public. SON …

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Stakeholders hinge local products’ competitiveness on quality assessments

Iyalode Alaba Lawson To enhance competiveness of Nigerian products in the global market and improve foreign exchange earnings, the Federal Government has commenced the training of national quality assessors across the country. The training organised by West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) in support of the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States Quality Policy (ECOQUAL) and funded …

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SON tasks poultry farmers on processing, value-chain activities

Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma gave the advice in Kaduna at a training organised by SON for Poultry Farmers Association, Kaduna Chapter and stakeholders in the industry. The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged poultry farmers in the country to invest in egg powder production as one way out of the prevailing egg glut in the market. Director-General of …

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