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New York Build Expo: How Nigeria Can Emulate the Global Convergence

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New York Build Expo is the leading construction and design exhibition focusing on the New York city and tri-state area, New York Build offers people chances to showcase their latest product developments, revolutionary concepts and ideas to some of the industry’s largest buyers.

World class Architects, Engineers, Major Contractors, Brokers, Government agencies and Developers, are among some of the attendees who were keen to discover the next best products, technologies, and suppliers. Whether your company is just starting out or is already well-established, you will want to participate at this event to meet with the industry’s leading influencers and key industry players.

Since it was launched four years ago, New York Build has steadily built up a loyal following of construction industry leaders, drawing in attendees because of its unique focus on New York and the surrounding Tri-State region – its first-class content, free to attend AIA Ces approved workshops, entertainment and multiple networking events.

The event which was held March 11 and 12, 2019 at the Javits Center, New York, USA was officially supported by the State of New York and the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, New York Build covers construction opportunities in residential, commercial and infrastructure in New York State and the Tri-State region. This year’s show boasted record numbers, with 200 exhibitors, 20,500 pre-registered visitors, 100 strategic partners and 150 speakers.

New York Build 2019 is the ideal opportunity for many organizations to hear about all the latest construction projects and do business in NYC and the Tri-state region. The show remains at the forefront of the industry, showcasing the finest talent in the sector and connecting leading key players with cutting edge solutions.

Network with thousands of visitors from contractors, developers, architects, government and other construction industry professionals, meet pre-qualified buyers and keep up-to-date with the latest projects, upcoming contracts, industry standards and technologies.

In his remarks, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State welcomed the attendees who converged at the Javits Center for the 2019 New York Build Expo. ‘’I commend the many professionals and participants who have worked hard to put together New York Build 2019, an exciting Expo that will further add to New York construction boom’’, he added.

In his opinion, Segun Akanni, The Publisher of The Drum Online Media who was at the Expo said, the Nigeria Government can key into such Expo as a way of bringing professionals from all over the world in the field of construction for the purpose of creating and suggesting new innovative ideas in the nation’s construction industry.

The recent and frequent collapse of buildings in the country has been as a result of lack of technical know-how on the part of builders – it is globally expected that before a building can be put in place, a lot of process should have been put into consideration.

Part of this should be the testing of the soil to build on; quality of materials to be used; when to use it and when not to use it. All these precautions are potential of reducing the tragedy, especially in Lagos, during the raining season.

By Segun Akanni

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BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA

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Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.

 

Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing  Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.

 

Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project  indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.

 

 

 

 

Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially  the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal  operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.

 

The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.

 

As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

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THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE

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During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.

 

It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.

 

Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.

 

The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.

 

 

Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.

 

 

The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.

 

By Hamid Shinkafi

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Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery

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At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.

 

Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.

 

As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.

 

In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.

 

In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.

 

With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.

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