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Manufacturers Fault Exclusion of Motorcycles from Automotive Policy

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Motorcycle manufacturers under the aegis of Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have faulted the exclusion of motorcycles and tricycles from the National Automotive Industry Development Plan of 2013

MOMAN, a subsectoral group under the Motor Vehicle and Miscellaneous Assembly sectoral group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria made its position known during its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos recently.

While presenting a paper titled ‘Motorcycle Manufacturing: the Missing Link in the National Automotive Industry Development Plan, the Chairman, Boulos Enterprises Limited, Mr Robert Ugbaja, who was the guest speaker at the event, recalled that the automotive industry witnessed real growth in the 1970s and the 1980s and 150,000 cars were assembled locally every year until the collapse of the crude oil prices of the 1980s and the subsequent devaluation of the naira.

He said the NAIDP was one of the attempts made to revive the industry which collapsed following the naira depreciation and Structural Adjustment Programme of former President Ibrahim Babangida’s administration.

He pointed out that one of the major flaws contained in the 2013 NAIDP, introduced by former president Goodluck Jonathan was the omission of motorcycle manufacturing.

Ugbaja maintained that most economies with thriving automotive industries also had strong and deep-rooted motorcycle manufacturing subsector.

He said, “They built their automotive industries on solid motorcycle manufacturing foundation, which enabled them to start from basics in developing assembling and manufacturing skills while taking into account local developmental conditions.

“This approach also enabled the creation of local components manufacturing capacities and necessary supply chains which were later upgraded to meet the needs of evolving automotive industry. It became possible for such economies to migrate seamlessly from motorcycle to automobile manufacturing in a sustainable manner.”

He gave a few examples of companies that started with motorcycles to as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki in Japan; BMW in Germany, Harlwey Davidson in the United States of America, among others.

“In recent times, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Vitenam are developing their domestic automotive industries by using the same strategy,” Ugbaja said, adding that it was doubtful if Nigeria’s automotive manufacturing efforts would succeed if this basic principle was ignored.

While speaking during the AGM, the Chairman of the association, Dr Hezekiah Adediji, said that the automotive policy should have been delayed for practitioners to start building capacity locally first.

He called on members to embark on backward integration and set up auxiliary industries manufacturing what members would need while supporting and patronising one another.

Also speaking, the Director General, MAN, Mr Segun Ajayi-Kadiri, said, “The advancement of this sector is very important to MAN as the industry is part of the growth strategy we envisage for the manufacturing sector.

“The advent of motorcycle assemblers has contributed significantly to the rise in the use of this mode of transportation in Nigeria with its attendant positive impact on the socio-economic life of the people.

“Motorcycles and tricycles have come with a host of value addition to the economy by creating business space for mechanics, spare parts dealers and local revenue generation sources through taxes, levies and licences.”

However, with the advantages also come risks, Ajayi-Kadiri said, adding that crimes, accidents, environmental pollution, flouting of traffic regulations and other societal ills had been associated with the increase of this means of mobility in the country.

“It therefore behoves your subsector to fashion out a communication strategy and line up activities to support the mitigation of these societal ills.

“This is a strategic move to redeem the good image of your sector and guarantee the continued survival of your businesses,” he said.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others

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Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.

Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.

It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.

For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.

The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.

Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”

To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.

Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.

 

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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director

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Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria

Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.

Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.

Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.

The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.

“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.

It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.

The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.

However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.

On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.

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