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Ogun cargo airport phase one ready next year – Gov Abiodun   

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The first phase of agro-cargo airport located at Illisan-Remo in the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State will be ready by May 2022, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said.

The governor stated this while on an inspection of the project work, adding that the airport conceived in 2007 had all necessary approvals, including the Environmental Impact Assessment from Aaviation regulatory body, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

He said, “This project had been conceived since 2007 and all necessary approvals were gotten in 2008. All the Environment Impart Assessment, all other regulatory assessment (requirements) have been met 100 per cent.

“All we have to do was to brush them up to ensure they meet current realities. This was not the decision that was taken for any other reason except that which is objective.”

Governor Abiodun also explained that his administration decided to pursue the project based on the economic development agenda of the government to have a cargo airport that would fully complement the agro-value chain investments and activities in the state.

“When the Senate Committee on Aviation came to visit us, we shared with them the business case for this airport.

“We reminded them that the two airport proposals were not initiated by this administration. I told them that the committee we set up to look into the two airports concluded unequivocally that this location remained the best and most viable location for the airport.

“The entire cargo value chain is on this corridor. We have oil palm, cashew plantations and green house in Sagamu and multinational companies around here. This is the centre where items for export are evaluated and approved for export. So with a cargo airport here, it is very convenient to move them.”

He disclosed that the state decided to bid for the African Development Bank’s Special Processing Zone, where in the bid document, the location was chosen for the AZ Processing Zone.

He said the area was renamed “an airport city”, because, apart from the airport and processing zone, the area has factories that would turn raw materials into finished goods for export.

The governor said it was important for an airport to have access to good road network, adding that the airport was bound by Sagamu-Benin and Lagos-Ibadan expressways, as well as gas pipelines paralleled to the expressways. Governor Abiodun said the airport was sited on 500 hectares of land, adding that work was ongoing on the 2.4-kilometre access road to enable movement of equipment to the site, as well as on the 3.4-kilometre runway.

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NCC, telecom firms agree on 5G deployment

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All appears set for the deployment of 5G as the Nigerian Communications Commission and major telecoms companies have agreed on the guidelines.
The instruments are the Annual Operating Levy Regulations and the Frequency Spectrum (fees and pricing) Regulations.
The agreement came after a public inquiry organised by the NCC on the two key instruments at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, which was attended by Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta and representatives of major telecoms companies such as Airtel Nigeria, MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile Network, 9Mobile, and other stakeholders.

The 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.

While Airtel Nigeria agreed with key issues regarding the instruments, MTN Nigeria pleaded for extension of timeframe.
But Danbatta assured all stakeholders that frequency spectrum would be assigned and managed in a way that ensures fair pricing and efficient deployment of attendant services.
According to him, the two instruments were not only tailored to meet the challenges of the industry but ensure that all stakeholders are carried along as the country prepares for deployment of 5G technology.
Danbatta said, “More importantly, this Public Inquiry is precursor to the Commission’s current drive to ensure efficiency in spectrum management and the unveiing of next generation services through varied enablers.
“It is in that regard that the Commission issued a Spectrum Trading Guidelines in 2018, to ensure frequency spectrum is readily available to licensees through an effective process.
“Furthermore, the commission has commenced the process for deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in Nigeria and is driving the provision of such ubiquitous services on making Frequeney Spectrum available to its licensees.
“The efficacy and reliability of these initiatives will be hinged on proper market valuation of the frequency spectrum and fair assessment of levies.”

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Inflow of foreign capital drops by 54% to $875.62m

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The total value of capital importation into Nigeria dropped to $875.62 million in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, the National Bureau of Statistics has said.
According to the NBS, the figure represents a 54.06 per cent drop compared to the $1.91 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021.

It stated this in its latest report titled, ‘Nigerian capital importation (Q1 & Q2 2021)’.
In 2020, Nigeria’s capital importation plunged by 59.65 per cent at $9.68 billion – the lowest level in four years.

“The largest amount of capital importation by type was received through portfolio investment, which accounted for 62.97% ($551.37m) of total capital importation,” the report stated.
“It is followed by other investments, which accounted for 28.13% ($246.27m) of total capital imported and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which accounted for 8.90% ($77.97m) of total capital imported in Q2 2021.”
Capital importation into the banking industry dominated in Q2 reaching a total of $296.51 million, followed by financing with $205.88 million and shares with $194.59 million.
In both Q1 and Q2, brewing, fishing, hotels, tanning and weaving sectors had no record of capital imports, the report added.
Similarly, only Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) recorded capital inflows across Nigeria in Q2.
Lagos emerged as the top destination of capital investment in the second quarter with $780.06 million, Abuja had $95.26 million, while Ogun had $0.3 million.
By banks, foreign firms emerged as the top capital investment in Nigeria in Q2. Stanbic IBTC recorded $310.21 million, Standard Chartered was second with $282.37 million, then Citibank ($94.15 million).
The report also stated that “the United Kingdom emerged as the top source of capital investment in Nigeria in Q2 2021 with $310.26m.”

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Nigerians experience another nationwide blackout as grid collapses

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Most parts of Nigeria experienced total blackout on Wednesday after a national grid collapse, which electricity distribution companies confirmed in separate notices to their customers.
In a public notice sent out to consumers, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company said the collapse occurred at 12.26pm but did not say how long it would last.
The notice read, “Dear Esteemed Customers,
Following a grid system outage that occurred at about 12:26 pm today, we have been unable to service our customers in Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa State as well as a significant part of the Federal Capital Territory.
“At the moment, only 20MW has been allocated to AEDC as against the over 400MW that they have been receiving in recent times.
“We urge our customers to be patient and promise that the power supply will be restored to our franchise area as soon as there is a significant improvement in our
allocation.”
In a similar notice, Eko Disco said, “Dear valued customer, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National Grid that’s causing outages across our network.
“We are working with our TCN partners to restore supply as soon as possible. Please bear with us.”
Ikeja Electric also sent out a message that read in part, “The current power outage is due to a nationwide system collapse that occurred at about 12:26hrs.
“Power supply will be restored gradually to various parts of the network as soon as the grid is stabilised. Kindly bear with us.”

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