- First Bank, Eventful Partner to Drive Food Economy
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has reaffirmed its commitment to economic diversification through support for the business, art and entertainment of food across all sectors of the economy.
The bank, in a statement on Wednesday, announced the partnership with Eventful Limited, an event management company, to host another edition of ‘Fiesta of Flavours,’ a food and beverage fair scheduled for December 11 and 12, 2016 in Lagos.
It said it was taking ownership of the food space to fully promote businesses that would build the sector, boost revenue for development purposes, create employment opportunities and, in the long run, translate to national growth and development.
According to the statement, the two-day food and beverage fair will keep attendees fully fed and entertained with the allures of food culinary and its business.
It said it would showcase the best in local and international cuisine, cutting-edge food technology and cooking techniques, as well as the best beverages and wines the world has to offer.
The lender said the fair would provide management and training seminars, competitions, and food demonstrations as well as performances from Nigeria’s A-list musicians and comedians.
The FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, was quoted as saying, “The bank’s venture into the food space is part of its interventions to support agriculture across the entire value chain as well as promote economic growth and sustainability, especially in the face of dwindling oil revenue.
“We are also keen on promoting a united community through the arts and the Fiesta of Flavours would bring youths and families together to enjoy the entertainment value of food.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Eventful, Mrs. Yewande Zaccheaus, said, “We are indeed pleased to be partnering with FirstBank and are thankful for their support in the hosting of the Fiesta of Flavours from inception.
“There is so much for us as Nigerians to learn, see, feel and experience about our food and we invite you on a culinary journey to discover the splendid art of food. Fiesta of Flavours will show that we have a rich heritage that can be expressed and exported all over the world.”
PENGASSAN to Shut Down 200,000bpd Agip Oil
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), an oil workers’ union, is threatening to shut down 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil production managed by Agip Oil Company Limited over what it described as unfair labour practices and intimidation of workers.
The Union, in a letter released on Wednesday, gave Agip Oil seven days to look into the concerns raised by the union or have its operations disrupted.
In the letter signed by Lumumba Okugbawa, General Secretary, the Union also accused Agip Oil of “subtle threat against our members and demobilisation of members access to the company facilities.”
PENGASSAN also urged Agip Oil to withdraw its “toxic memo’ and open discussion with the union branch leaders with a view to discuss and resolve the issues and strengthen industrial harmony.
“However, as a law-abiding association, we view the insinuation by Agip management that the legitimate actions of the union was unlawful as laughable and a mockery of the relevant sections of the labour laws detailing on how industrial actions and disputes should follow.”
Gbajabiamila Says House of Reps Will Pass Petroleum Industry Bill in April
Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, said the Reps will pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law in April 2021.
The speaker disclosed this during his opening remarks at the ongoing public hearing on the proposed legislation organised by the House Ad-hoc Committee on PIB.
He said “We intend to pass this bill by April. That is the commitment we have made. Some may consider it a tall order, but we will do it without compromising the thoroughness.”
Gbajabiamila’s comment came two days after Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, said the passage and assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will be done before the end of May.
Once passed into law, experts expect the bill to boost Nigeria’s economy, encourage competition and boost revenue.
Egypt Leads Nigeria, South Africa in Foreign Direct Investment
The United Nations Trade Association has Nigeria recorded a total of $2.6 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2020, below the $3.3 billion posted in the preceeding year.
South Africa, Africa’s most industrialised nation, reported $2.5 billion during the same year, slightly below Africa’s largest economy and 50 percent below the $4.6 billion attracted a year earlier.
The report also noted that Africa recorded a total of $38 billion FDI in the same year, representing a 18 percent decline from the $46 billion posted in the corresponding year of 2019.
However, Egypt led Nigeria and South Africa with $5.5 billion FDI, an increase of 38 percent from the preceeding year.
The report read in part, “FDI flows to Africa declined by 18% to an estimated $38 billion, from $46 billion in 2019. Greenfield project announcements, an indication of future FDI trends, fell 63% to $28 billion, from $77 billion in 2019. The pandemic’s negative impact on FDI was amplified by low prices of and low demand for commodities.”
UNCTAD also noted that global foreign direct investment declined by 42 percent to an estimated $859 billion, down from $1.5 trillion in 2019.
“The decline was concentrated in developed countries, where FDI flows fell by 69 percent to an estimated $229 billion. Flows to Europe dried up completely to -4 billion (including large negative flows in several countries). A sharp decrease was also recorded in the United States (-49%) to $134 billion.”
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