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Bua Supports 2,000 Farmers With N600m Loan

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BUA Group of Companies has supported 2,000 farmers with N600m loan to boost rice production in Kano State.

Group Executive Director of the company, Alhaji Kabiru Rabiu, who made the disclosure while distributing tools to the farmers at Kura Local Government Area of the state, said that the company ventured into the project in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of diversifying into agriculture as an alternative to oil.

Rabiu explained that the company had disbursed N288, 000 interest-free loans to each of the 2,000 farmers in Kano in the first phase of the scheme, while the pilot project targets 50,000 rice farmers over the next four years.

He said, “Kano is by far one of the potential areas to grow rice. We are happy and excited and very positive. We believe and are sure that it will lead to a very successful partnership for BUA and the farmers.

“Our target, however, is for Kano to have over 500,000 rice farmers just as about 42,000 of them have already registered with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria.

“So, what we are doing now is just a pilot project, with only 2,000 farmers to see where it goes. We want to double it to at least 50,000 farmers and if we are able to support and produce at least five tons per hectare and if we are able to do it twice, in Kano alone, you can get up to one million metric tons of rice.”

He pointed out that BUA was not using the anchor-borrower scheme its capital to take kick-start the project as a result of several issues and also for the fact that agriculture is time bound.

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FG Introduces NEXIT Portal for Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries

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The Federal Government has introduced a new online portal for exited Npower beneficiaries of batch A and B.

According to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, the portal was launched in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable exited Npower beneficiaries apply for available federal government empowerment options.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, the media aide to the minister, on Friday.

The ministry said the NEXIT portal will be used to determine the suitability of exited beneficiaries for various CBN-affiliated programmes.

She explained that selection will be based on the conditions and criteria set by the apex bank.

Ms Farouq, therefore, urged interested exited Npower beneficiaries to log on to the NEXIT portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into central bank’s intervention options.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

“Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavours.”

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Ellah Lakes Partner Ondo State Government to Develop Oil Palm, Cassava in the State

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The management of Ellah Lakes Plc said it has partnered with Ondo State Government to develop and manage 5000 hectares of land for the purpose of cultivating oil palm and cassava in Ondo State, Nigeria.

The company stated in a statement signed by Kenechi Ezezika, Company Secretary, Ellah Lakes Plc.

Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said: “This is a significant landmark for the Company in the development of our landbank, & we are very excited to be working with ODSG.

I am delighted that we are fulfilling our strategic objective of progressively expanding our land bank & diversifying our portfolio and production base. I am also glad to say that the intercropping programme in Edo State is progressing steadily & we have achieved our first milestone of 100Hectares of Cassava with the participation of personnel of the Agricultural Development Program (ADP), in Edo State”.

The Special Adviser on Development & Investment to the Ondo State Governor/ Chief Executive Officer of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Akinboye Oyewumi, who also spoke on the development said: “We are pleased with this collaboration with Ellah Lakes Plc., and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture.”

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Unilever Nigeria Appoints Mr Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director

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Unilever Nigeria Plc announced it has appointed Mr. Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director of the company effective from January 2021.

The company stated in a statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Mr Jaime Aguilera worked with Coca-cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble before joining Unilever as Executive Vice President Unilever Eastern Europe in September 2016.

Therefore, his experience spans from Europe, Americas and Asia.

His key expertise areas are “in Sales & Marketing and he has lead teams in Spain, Brazil, South Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico and Global teams.

“In 2009, he joined Unilever Spain as EVP & Chairman and then moved to his current role as Unilever Executive Vice President Africa, leading the Unilever business in Africa. Jaime is of Spanish origin and is an alumnus of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas- ICADE. Jaime majored in Economic Sciences, Management & Business Administration.”

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