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NEWS BITS from Nigeria, 24 June 2013

24-Jun-2013

STATES FINGERED IN WORSENING PHONE SERVICE QUALITY
Since two years now, some state governments are yet to approve applications for construction of BTS (Base Transreceiver Station Sites), which is a very critical network component needed for improving phone service quality. This is one of the major reasons why telecom operators have not had any leeway in improving the poor quality of their services. The operators are warning that this continued delay, the inconsistency in approach and fees levied by different state governments are currently delaying the deployment of requisite infrastructure needed to address the prevalence of poor services.

 

OPPORTUNITY BECKONS FOR NIGERIA’S $340 BILLION OIL INDUSTRY
Femi Asu of BusinessDay reports that Nigeria stands a chance of attracting the rich Gulf state of Qatar and energy-hungry Japan, into her oil and gas industry. Japan, which lacks oil and gas at home, is experiencing difficulties with her nuclear energy programme and now sees Africa (especially Nigeria) as the first source of oil and gas from which she can import. In order to help Japanese firms increase their footprints in Africa’s oil and gas sector, Japan Oil, Gas and Metal National Corporation (JOGMEC), is to spend $2 billion in the coming years. Qatar is also determined to begin a more aggressive drive in African oil and gas through Qatar Petroleum International (QPI).

 

OGUN EARMARKS N6.5 BILLION FOR WATER PRODUCTION
The General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation, Monsurat Agboola, said that the government has set aside N6.5 billion to be spent on water production and management across Ogun State. She also stated that the World Bank is currently spending millions of dollars on six water supply schemes namely; Ijebu-Ode, Ogere, Ijebu-Igbo, Ilaro, Sagamu and Abeokuta, on increased water production activity. However, she urged the people of Ogun State to stop water and environment pollution because it is inimical to human health.

 

MULTI-BILLION NAIRA ADO BAYERO MALL TO CHANGE FACE OF COMMERCE IN KANO
The almost completed, 11 billion naira ultra-modern Ado Bayero Shopping Mall in Kano State will have a positive effect on commerce in the state, reports Adeola Ajakaiye of BusinessDay. The Mall will occupy more than ten (10) hectares of land, possess two (2) international retail shopping outlets, a Cinema hall and fifty (50) shops when completed. Farmers and industries in the state will experience a new lease of life and tourism would be promoted. Foreigners like Lebanese, Syrians, Malaysians, Chinese and others are also welcome for business purposes. Seventy (70) national and regional enterprises have already showed interest in taking up spaces in the Mall.

 

CHI LIMITED EXPANDS BUSINESS, TO COMMISSION DIARY FOODS PLANT IN OGUN
Chi Limited, a Lagos-based producer of fruit drinks and dairy products is about commissioning a diary fruit manufacturing plant at Kilometre 30 Lagos/Ibadan expressway in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. “We are moving to Ogun State for expansion in the business of meat processing and agro-line factory because Lagos is getting choked”, said Jerome Sogbon, the Executive Director of Chi Limited. Also, the Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru said that the “government is operating an open-door policy that guarantees easy access for investors and industrialization ... and putting up infrastructure and security” to encourage an influx of people and investments into the state.

 


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