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THE NATIONAL BUDGET: My take… Dr Nicholas Okoye

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I have read the response of the PDP as released by Olisa my brother. I disagree with the PDP position. I think this budget has carefully articulated programs to stimulate development. I will make an attempt to provide an analysis.

The full details of the budget are not yet available but I will take the President’s speech as a bedrock.

The largest share for capital vote went to infrastructure that is power, works, roads and housing. The largest share for recurrent went to education. I love this.

This means the Fed Govt seeks to stimulate growth in the business sectors by investing in infrastructure. And the future of Nigeria is being invested in by the focus on education. In addition the Govt is funding a scheme to employ 500,000 guaduate teachers for states and local govts. I love this too.

It means that the primary and secondary schools can expect a new generation of teachers that are Internet savvy and who belong to the Jet age. The Govt needs to make sure these new teachers are monitored so that standards can be high. The new teachers should also be encouraged to see their roles as a special national assignment so that moral and enthusiasm remains very high. I think giving them a special name or title will help and will go a long way.

The President equally talked about a commitment to private sector led job creation. He said they will fund loans for market women. I like this but I would rather like to see the model and procedure of disbursement of the loans.

I NEVER DID LIKE the YOUWIN program of GEJ as the grants were not repaid and so golden opportunities for repayment recycling were lost. There was no scheme to maintain the beneficiaries in a program for reeducation and sustainable success in business. If asked I am not sure the Fed Govt knows how many YOUWIN entrepreneurs are still in business.

We need to wait to get the break Down from the budget and planning minister and the minister of finance. However I am sure whatever they will say will not be too far from the analysis I have provided above.

If they can equally stimulate foreign exchange inflows by attracting more remittances, more investment and expanding non oil export revenues then the Naira will stop falling. In order to build the Naira back they must find a way to cut down on our import bills and expand away from our import dependent economy. There is no other way.

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Nicholas is a Leadership Expert.with Core knowledge and coaching skills in all areas of the proven path to success FOR Individuals, Corporations, and Nations. He is a World Class Investment and trade promoter as well as global advocate for reform in youth empowerment, development and entrepreneurship. Nicholas is a Strategy expert with Executive forthsight and strategic direction skills.
Nicholas is a World Class speaker and constantly speaks around the World on key and strategic areas including PEAK PERFORMANCE for professionals and Corporations, National Development Strategy for National, Regional and State Governments and personal success principles and strategies for Entrepreneurs, business people and Professional individuals. Nicholas is a weekly writer on National Strategy for Development, in a four page weekly column in the Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria’s most prestigious and oldest News Publication Group, he also anchors a Radio Program every week that deals directly with solutions for National, Regional and individual success and development.

Nicholas also serves as an Adviser and a Member of several Corporate Boards including the OBIJACKSON Group parent company to Nestoil Plc, the largest Nigerian owned oil and gas servicing companies in Nigeria as well as Impac Nigeria, Century Power, Energy Works,, Neconde Oil owners of OML 42, , Gonowen Oil owners of OPL 917, Hammakopp Construction, Time Power Generation, B & Q dredging etc.

Nicholas is the convener and founder of Nigeria’s largest network of Entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Empower Nigeria, and is the CEO of the Empower Nigeria Fund, an SME targeted debt and equity fund. Nicholas is the founder of the Nigeria Leadership Summit, and President of the Anabel Group.

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Lagos Lawyer Gboyega Adetunji Delves Into Agriculture, Floats Abundish; A Revolutionary Farm-To-Table Outfit

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Barrister Gboyega Adetunji, a Lagos-based renowned legal practitioner, has ventured into agriculture with the launch of Abundish, a revolutionary farm-to-table service aimed at transforming how Nigerians access fresh, high-quality, and healthy farm produce.

 

Abundish is committed to offtake directly from farmers and supply to consumers promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and ensuring fair market value for produce.

 

The innovative platform offers a subscription-based model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive curated selections of fresh, seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes.

 

“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey, combining my passion for sustainable living and community development,” said Barrister Adetunji, Founder and CEO of Abundish.

 

“Our goal is to empower farmers, support local economies, and provide healthy, fresh produce to consumers while reducing food wastage and promoting sustainable practices.”

 

“Abundish is more than just a bridge,” says Barr. Gboyega Adetunji.

 

“We are a movement bringing fresh, high-quality produce whether cash or food crops directly from the farm to the end consumer, cutting out unhygienic produce, reducing landing costs of produce, and the convenience of doorstep delivery it affords our customers. This does not only benefits our customers, but also supports sustainable agricultural practices, grows the naira and local economies, and also empowers the farmers who nourish our communities.

 

Reacting to what inspires his diversification, Barr. Gboyega said “I’d always wanted to have my little farm that can cater for at least 80% of my consumption, but then I realized how impactful it would be if this practice could be extended to others, hence the creation of the Abundish brand”

 

When asked what sets Abundish apart from its counterparts, Barr. Gboyega said, “Abundish offers a unique subscription model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive a curated selection of the freshest seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes. By bypassing traditional distribution channels, Abundish reduces food waste, ensures peak freshness for consumers and the amount of time doing tedious work of purchase and clean up”.

 

“Abundish offer fresh farm produce at fair market value, championing food security with sustainable practices” he added.

 

At Abundish, we are not just passionate about delivering farm-fresh produce, we are committed to creating a positive impact on our world. That is why we operate with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and food-secure future.

 

Join The Abundish Movement, visit www.abundish.info to learn more about Abundish, and subscribe to receive the freshest produce delivered at your convenience.

 

Follow Abundish on social media platforms for behind-the-scene farm footage, exclusive offers, recipes, and our social impact initiatives.

 

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US-based Nigerian Jailed 41 Months For Operating Illegal Money Transmitting Business; Funds Wired To Lagos Bank

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A Nigerian man based in the United States Oluwafemi Osinowo has been sentenced to 41 months in a federal prison after he was convicted of operating an illegal money transmitting business.

 

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana on Monday, announced that Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick also sentenced Osinowo, 35, of Miami, Florida, to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

 

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, from December 2016 to January 2019, Osinowo operated an unlicensed money transmitting business.

 

He confessed that he conducted foreign currency exchange business without complying with required federal registration requirements.

During the course of operating the business, money was transmitted from third parties from the Middle District of Louisiana and elsewhere to bank accounts located in Miami, Florida.

 

Once the money was in the bank accounts in Miami, Florida, an individual acting as an agent of Osinowo’s business wired the money to a bank in Lagos, Nigeria. Those wire transfers included approximately 51 separate transmissions in the aggregate total of approximately $722,177.

 

 

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‘Stolen’ $6.2m: What Emefiele Told Us In Kuje Prison – Investigators

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One of the investigators handling the case of $6,230,000 allegedly stolen from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February 8, 2023, has revealed what Godwin Emefiele, immediate past governor of the apex bank, told them at Kuje prison.

The former CBN governor, who is standing trial on an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was once remanded at Kuje prison.

He was alleged to have engaged in criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretence and obtaining money by false pretence when he served as central bank chief.

In an affidavit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, one of the investigators, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, gave details of investigators’ findings and progress made so far.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police was quoted to have said: “We visited Kuje Correctional Centre, where we interviewed Godwin Emefiele, who purportedly approved the memos authorising the payment, as then CBN gov and he denied seeing, talk less of approving such memos.

“We also arrested some concerned staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who denied any involvement in the crime, before we finally arrested Bashirudeen Maishanu, who corroborated the account of Abdulmajeed Muhammad and further confessed to have been involved in the crime which, according to him was perpetrated by himself and the first to third defendants/respondents – Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar and Odoh Eric Ocheme.

“Bashiru Maishanu further confessed that himself, the first and second defendants/respondents (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) shared the sum of $2,500,000.00 from the stolen money, while the third defendant/respondent (Odoh Eric Ocheme), being a fellow staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, kept the balance of $3,730,000.00 claiming that he had other interests to settle in the CBN.

“Bashirudeen Maishanu further confessed that both himself, and the first and second defendants/respondents jointly invested the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N1, 440,000,000.00 into real estate business of Afrolyk Global Ltd.

“The Managing Director of the said Afrolyk Ltd, Aminu Lawal has been arrested and he confirmed the investment by Bashirudeen Maishanu, Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar, and already refunded the sum of $200 000 00 to the Special Investigator’s team as part of the money he (Aminu Lawal) received as part of the purported investment.

“Cash of about $400,000 00 has also been voluntarily returned by Bashiru Maishanu from part of his remaining share of the money in question. The money (the $6,230,000) was received in cash from the Central Bank at Nigeria and also shared in the same cash by the defendants/respondents and others, making it difficult to trace the monies without arresting the defendants/respondents.

“It was later revealed that the third defendant – Odoh Eric Ocheme – was the Personal Assistant to Godwin Emefiele as the CBN governor while the first and second defendants (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) are businessmen and associates of Bashirudeen Maishanu.”

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