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NEPZA working with Abuja Chamber to attract FDI to gemstones industry

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The Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, NEPZA, Adesoji Adesugba, has revealed that the agency was working with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, and the ‘Best Centre,’ that specialised in the training of gemologists, to widen the scope of the gemstones trade in order to attract Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, into the country.

Adesugba made the remark in Abuja in reaction to the appointment of Mrs Amina Okpukpara to the International Board of the Women Jewelry Association, New York.

He said the country’s gemstones industry was speedily gaining global attention with Okpukpara’s appointment to the international board, as he emphasised that the sector was a multi-billion-naira enterprise that required public and private collaboration for a more effective and efficient management.

Adesugba, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of NEPZA, stated that it was gratifying to see how Okpukpara had consistently explored and exploited the sector both in Nigeria and the United States.

He, therefore, reiterated the Authority’s readiness to encourage Nigerians living abroad to link up with the sector back at home through the free trade zones corridors which had the required incentives to spike the needed enormous profits for the investors.

Speaking further on attracting FDI into the sector, the NEPZA boss said: “This is a huge enterprise and investors are welcome to collaborate with us on how to promote the sector in our free zones.

“I therefore, congratulate our newest ambassador in the sector, Mrs Amina Lotanna Okpukpara GIA GG, AJP on her well-deserved appointment to the International Board of the Women Jewelry Association.”

Adesugba stated that Okpukpara “has contributed immensely to the gemstones and Jewelry Industry in Nigeria and Africa,” adding: “We are, however, not surprised with this new appointment as she has long craved to be an international player in the sector.”

NEPZA was established in 1992 with the mandate to administer Nigeria’s free zones scheme, both as an operator and as a regulator.

The agency is, specifically, charged with establishing, licensing, regulating and operating highly efficient Free Zones by providing a highly competitive incentive scheme, excellent support facilities and service for the purpose of creating an enabling environment for export manufacturing and other commercial activities.

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Chess champion Tunde Onakoya meets Sanwo-Olu after record-breaking feat

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By Sodiq Adelakun

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, received a courtesy visit from Tunde Onakoya, the renowned chess champion, at the State Government House in Ikeja on Wednesday.

The meeting came after Onakoya’s remarkable achievement of setting a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

Recall that on April 17, Onakoya embarked on a mission to break the world record, aiming to empower illiterate children across Africa through his feat.

He successfully achieved the record on April 20 at Times Square in New York City, playing for an impressive 58 hours and winning every match.

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated Onakoya on his outstanding achievement, acknowledging the inspiration he has brought to the youth and the state.

Sanwo-Olu, while sharing pictures of the visit on his X (formerly Twitter) page, described Onakoya as an embodiment of “the spirit of Lagos.”

“Powerful visions birth movements that change lives. Today, we welcomed back @Tunde_OD, our chess champion, to Lagos,” he wrote.

“His journey embodies the spirit of Lagos—resilient, ambitious, and driven to succeed. As we celebrate his achievements, we’re inspired by his vision for empowering our children and youth.

“Together with Tunde and the transformative power of chess, we’ll work towards a future where every child in Lagos has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

“The state proudly supports his mission, purposefully providing resources to fuel this noble cause now and in the future.”

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NASS to embark on legislative reforms to reform Judiciary

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that the National Assembly will embark on legislative reforms to reform the Judiciary.

The Senate President made this known at the opening ceremony of a two-day Summit on “Enhancing Justice Delivery in Nigeria” organised by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and other international development partners in Abuja.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media/Communication to the Senate President, Anietie Ekong quoted Senator Akpabio to have said that the collaborative efforts of stakeholders will shape the strategic direction of Nigeria’s justice system, making it more robust, accessible, and equitable.

Akpabio urged the Nigerian Judiciary to evolve a blueprint for the transformative changes needed to enhance judicial efficiency and ensure the fair administration of justice across the nation.

According to Senator Akpabio, “In the coming months, I will invite my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to deliberate on these proposals with the gravity and diligence they deserve.

“Together, with the insights and support of the judiciary, legal experts, and the Nigerian populace, we will embark on this legislative journey to enshrine these reforms into law.

“This is more than legislative duty; it is our moral imperative to fortify the foundation of our nation’s justice system for present and future generations. I look forward to productive discussions and to the eventual realization of these reforms, ensuring a just, equitable, and prosperous society for all.

“I will not be telling the truth if I say that we at the National Assembly are not aware of the delays and backlogs plaguing our courts, which not only deny timely justice but undermine faith in our judicial system.

“These delays harm our society’s most vulnerable and create an environment where justice is seen as inaccessible and inefficient. In an era where technology has transformed so many sectors, it is critical that we harness its potential within our judicial processes to enhance speed and transparency.

“We are committed to budgeting for the implementation of judicial reforms that will include the adoption of digital tools to manage cases more effectively and ensure that justice is neither delayed nor denied.

“This journey requires collective effort. I call upon all stakeholders, including my colleagues in both legislative and executive branches, as well as the judiciary itself, to support these vital reforms. Together, we can build a justice system that is fit for the 21st century,” he said.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was represented by Vice-President Kashim Shetima said the administration has embarked upon far reaching reforms to enhance justice delivery including the appointment of the full complement of the Justices of the Supreme Court.

Other stakeholders who presented papers at the Summit included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi SAN, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau, SAN among others.

L-R: Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Vice President of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola at the opening ceremony of a two-day Summit on “Enhancing Justice Delivery in Nigeria” organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and other international development partners in Abuja

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LAUTECH introduces six new degree programmes, including Mass Comm.

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Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has announced the introduction of six new degree programmes to its academic work.

The acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Razaq Kalilu, made the announcement during the 16th convocation ceremony held at the university’s Great Hall on Tuesday.

According to Prof. Kalilu, the introduction of the new programmes is part of the institution’s efforts to rapidly change its academic outlook and fulfill its mandate, as well as the vision of its Visitor, Governor Seyi Makinde.

The new programmes are aimed at providing students with a wider range of academic options and equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and competitive world.

The introduction of the new programmes is a significant development for LAUTECH, which has been working to enhance its academic reputation and provide students with a world-class education.

The university community and stakeholders have welcomed the development, which is seen as a positive step towards positioning LAUTECH as a leading institution of higher learning in Nigeria.

The VC said, “A year ago, the university established the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with four academic programmes. This year, we have introduced six additional new degree programmes into that Faculty namely Psychology, Mass Communication, Linguistics, Yoruba, Theatre Arts, and Political Science. A Faculty of Law has also been established to run a degree programme in law.

“All the seven newly introduced programmes have recently gone through Resource Verification, in March this year towards the National Universities Commission’s approval. We hope to admit students for these programmes in this current academic session as soon as we receive the clearance from the NUC,” he stated.

In his address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Prof Ayodeji Omole charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the university.

“As you receive your degrees, remember that you are not just graduates of LAUTECH, but ambassadors of knowledge, integrity, excellence, service and progress, all that your university stands for. Carry the torch of learning with pride and let your actions speak volumes about the calibre of education you have received,” Omole advised.

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