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The federal government has inaugurated the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) Steering Committee on the Restructuring and Recapitalisation of the Bank of Industry and the Project Delivery Team to revitalise the operations of the Bank of Agriculture.

Inaugurating the Steering Committee and Project Delivery Team on behalf of the Vice President, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who chairs the Committee, informed that the approach is to make the Bank of Agriculture more responsive to its mandate of serving as a veritable platform for providing loans to MSMEs, rural farmers, cooperatives and agro-allied industries, among others.

The minister added that the approach was preferred by the Federal Government as a pre-privatization strategy to pave way for injection of financial and other requisite resources.

“It is therefore the conviction of my Ministry that the approved restructuring and recapitalization are critical to the revitalisation of the bank’s operations, as it will enable the bank serve as a strong catalyst for achieving Government objectives”, the Minister stated.

The minister also noted that the Federal Government has charged the Steering Committee, under his chairmanship, with the mandate to midwife the laudable initiative to be implemented within a record time.

The Steering Committee will be technically supported by the Project Delivery Team, which is made up of experienced personnel drawn from key stakeholder agencies of Government.

Members of the Steering Committee are Ministers of Finance, National Planning, and Industry, Trade and Investment, Governor of Central Bank, Permanent Secretary- Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Director-General- Bureau of Public Enterprise. Others are Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Special Adviser to the Vice President on Economics, General Manager- Finance and Accounts, Bank of Agriculture, Representative of the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Sector Director, Bureau of Public Enterprise, who is the Committee’s Secretary.

Members of the Project Delivery Team, chaired by the Sector Director (DFIs), Bureau of Enterprise, are representatives of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Finance, Office of the Vice President, Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Agriculture. Others are Project Manager (DFIs), Bureau of Public Enterprise and the Enterprises Officer, Bank of Agriculture who is the Team’s Secretary.

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Honeywell Flour Mills Introduces Spaghetti Mini Pack

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc has introduced its new spaghetti mini pack as part of efforts to develop pocket-friendly products to customers.

The product was introduced at an unveiling ceremony held recently in Ogun State. The launch was attended by the company’s key executives.

They included the Managing Director of Honeywell Flour Mills, Lanre Jaiyeola; Director of Manufacturing Operations, Ifeanyi Abadom; Head of Operations, Sagamu, Tunde Adebayo, and Consumer Marketing Manager, Esther Tontoye.

According to the company, the launch of Honeywell Spaghetti Mini was based on extensive research and insight into the Nigerian consumer behaviour over the past decade.

The product was specifically developed to meet the expectations of today’s Nigerian consumer market, it added. The Spaghetti Mini 200 gm pack has a retail price of N100, fulfilling the company’s drive for affordability.

Commenting on the launch of the product, Jaiyeola said: “Honeywell Flour Mills is a key player in the food manufacturing business in Nigeria today and our consumers play a pivotal role in this regard.

“This new product is the first of its kind in the pasta category and we are happy to have introduced it to the Nigerian market.

“We are more than delighted to launch this innovative product in response to our observation and findings into Nigeria’s consumer behaviour and the push for convenience,” he added.

As a customer-centric organisation, “we continue to look for diverse and innovative ways to satisfy our consumers optimally. Innovation for us remains the yardstick which we believe will allow us to deliver even more superior products.

“And we will continue to fulfil our core objective – to support the food security agenda of the government by producing good quality, nutritious and affordable food products for the complete satisfaction of Nigerians.”

Buttressing Jaiyeola’s statement, Abadom, said, “the Honeywell Spaghetti Mini is a unique product that will satisfy a yearning for convenience in Nigerians. And with the development of this product, we have ensured that the policies, desired standards and quality set for ourselves are being surpassed.”

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South African Government to Sell Stake in South African Airways to Takatso Consortium

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The South African government is selling a 51% stake in South African Airways (SAA) to Takatso consortium, which will initially commit more than 3 billion rand ($221 million) to give the struggling airline a new lease of life.

SAA has been under a form of bankruptcy protection since December 2019, but its fortunes worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and all its operations were mothballed in September 2020 when funds ran low.

The airline is one of a handful of South African state companies that depend on government bailouts, placing the national budget under huge strain at a time of rapidly rising debt.

The partnership with Takatso will alleviate that financial burden, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan told journalists on Friday as the state would no longer provide any funding to the airline, which exited administration in late April after receiving 7.8 billion rand from the government. read more

Gordhan added that the government will retain a 49% stake with the intention of eventually listing the airline to address future funding requirements.

“The objective of bringing in an equity partner to SAA is to augment it with the required technical, financial and operational expertise to ensure a sustainable, agile and viable South African airline,” he said.

The consortium includes pan-African investor group Harith Global Partners and aviation group Global Aviation, Gordhan said.

Following the announcement, co-founder and consortium Chair Tshepo Mahloele told Reuters that 3 billion rand should be sufficient to operate the airline for 12 to 36 months.

The government could dispose of more of its ownership stake going forward, he added.

“They aren’t married to this 49%,” he said. “They won’t be putting more money into this asset.”

An initial public offering for the airline is unlikely to happen within the next three years, and SAA would first need to become profitable, Takatso Chief Executive Gidon Novick said.

Novick said Takatso would seek to relaunch SAA as soon as possible, prioritising first domestic service followed by regional destinations.

International long-haul routes would follow but would be selected carefully, and SAA would also work to forge partnerships with major carriers.

“We’re going to be competing with the greatest airlines in the world, and we need to be mindful of that,” Novick said.

The airline’s subsidiaries meanwhile will be evaluated, in particular Air Chefs, SAA Technical and low-cost airline Mango, Gordhan said, noting that “anything can happen” when asked if some could be shut down.

SAA will continue to be domiciled in South Africa and the government will have a “golden share” of 33% of the entity’s voting rights and certain areas of national interest, Gordhan said.

($1 = 13.5379 rand)

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Coca-Cola Partners NGOs To Clear Plastic Waste In Nigeria

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Coca-Cola Nigeria has said it partnered with non-profit organisations to reduce plastic pollution across the country.

In a statement on Thursday, it said it would be doing more to promote environmental sustainability as part of efforts to commemorate World Environment Day.

It stated that it had introduced initiatives to protect the environment through its philanthropic arm, the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Coca-Cola said that it supported the Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Foundation to launch the Eko Beach Race 2021 themed ‘A race against plastic pollution.’

The event had in attendance 2,000 youths, students and sports enthusiasts who participated in a marathon race and beach clean-up.

SWEEP Foundation’s President, Obuesi Philips, stated at the event that it “was geared towards recognising the growing contributions of sport to the realisation of societal development.”

The drink maker also partnered with the Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative to host the “Recycle and Win” festival.

It included community outreach and clean-up programmes in Kwara, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe and Oyo States. Coca-Cola said that 10 tons of plastic bottles were recovered through the process.

The Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, urged Nigerians to adopt more eco-friendly practices while emphasising the urgency of the current global situation.

Onyemelukwe stated, “At Coca-Cola, we recognise there is a packaging waste problem globally and especially in Nigeria, which is why we pioneered the World Without Waste initiative to engineer innovative solutions to tackle this challenge.

“World Environment Day presents an opportunity for us to act on this mandate as seen by the number of environmental sustainability initiatives we have supported in collaboration with local implementing partners.”

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