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42—SATURDAY Vanguard, MARCH 3, 2018 Event, catering industries need govt support, to provide more jobs — Dairo Stories by Moses Nosike Kemi Remi Dairo, Managing Director/ CEO, Events Expert is a graduate of Economics, Social Sciences from Obafemi Awolowo University. Her passion and love for quality services gave birth to Events Expert/KRD Chef Services. The young Nigerian through her entrepreneur hunger and business outfit has created jobs for a lot of youths. In this interview with Nosike Moses, she reveals that skills, knowledge of catering from childhood add to training, had given her competitive edge in the event and catering industry even as she calls for government partnership to promote event industry the more. Excerpts: Tell us your vision of Events Experts/ KRD Chef Services? These two companies are actually separate entity running differently but owned by me. Both came out of passion and love for quality services. Events Expert started full operation in January 2008 after 6 years of training in the industry. But my passion for event planning started 2002 way back in school when a group of friends came together to start events kolony, it was fun as my wedding in 2005 was one of the events planned and coordinated by events kolony. However, I was receiving training at Zapphaire Events after school and that helped me to gain more experience in the industry between 2006 and 2007 precisely. All these experiences helped me to start my own company, Events Expert. My major vision for the company is to carry out excellent service delivery by taking away stress off clients and replacing it with pleasure, and this over the years has been a remarkable success for us at Events expert. Four years ago after working with notable catering companies in the industry, though the skills and knowledge of catering had been part of me from childhood, I did not think of turning it into business initiative, until my training experience in the industry that the passion for starting a catering outfit came up and we took the bold step and KRD Chef Services was given birth to. Our major vision is to develop a plan for a world class catering outfit for both indoor and outdoor, with a top notch service delivery and executive presentation. This we have preached and practised in all our deliveries in the past 4 years of catering business and we have indeed achieved a lot. What can you say about catering and event planning in Nigeria? Event planning industry, which catering is actually a department has been a positive development, in job creation in Nigeria. The birth of the event industry has given the industry a lift with creativity at all levels thereby promoting competitions. For instance, catering has gone beyond domestic cooks (oloopo), serving in coolers and as guests at events if you are served food then you were lucky. However, to a well planned and high level of table presentation to many and varieties of sumptuous menu to choose from, this has made events what to always look out for and look up to when invited. To what extent does your industry create job? Like I said earlier, event industry has really created jobs in Nigeria at different levels; we have departments where you can explore and excel without formal education. And there are also jobs for “O” Level, undergraduates and graduates respectively. For under-graduates, they have been able to sponsor their education with the little amount they are paid for ushering, waiters and coordinating at events, graduates becomes entrepreneurs even before leaving school proud to be called CEO and they are all doing exploit everywhere. What are those challenges your company is facing, as well as, the entire industry of event planning? One of the challenges we are facing is lack of government support. We need government policies that would encourage more business owners in the industry. Operators in the industry suffer under multiple ,which has left them with little or no profit at the end of the day. We need tax rebate to encourage small scale businesses in the country. This will encourage standards and reposition us to compete globally. Is your industry regulated to avoid quacks? In the pursuit of standardization and to eliminate quacks in the event industry, Association of Professional party Organisers and Events Managers of Nigeria, (APPOEMN) was formed to streamline activities of the industry practitioners and deal with dubious behavours of vendors when noticed. We want government to support the Association to claim their rights when the need arises. Government can partner with the Association to ensure that the Association meets the test of time. What level do you want to take your company in the nearest future? According to both companies’ vision, we are looking forward to world class catering outfit and Event management company and we are almost there. We want to build a catering and an event industry in Nigeria that can compete globally and stand as a reference point any time any day. That is part of our future vision. L-R: Ekuah Abudu, Proprietor and Director of Administration, Greenwood house School; Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome (Alibaba); Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi, Author and Publisher, Clever Clogs Books; Funke Fowler-Amba, Director, Vivian Fowler Memorial School, at the launch of the Clever Clogs, Books by Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi in Lagos NESG, Coca-Cola emphasize sustainable growth via social inclusion The advocacy for Nigeria’s growth narratives to focus on inclusive growth, received a boost at the monthly breakfast forum of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce held recently in Lagos under the sponsorship of Coca-Cola Nigeria. Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Managing Partner, Trans Sahara Investment Corporation, Mr Kyari Abba Bukar, who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion in a paper titled “Nigeria’s Economic Outlook and the Imperatives for Inclusive Growth and Development,” called for a three-pronged approach focusing on the productive sector, social inclusion and safety nets. While acknowledging Nigeria’s strong growth rates in the 2000s, he noted however that this growth was accompanied by rising unemployment and poverty rates, thus, devoid of inclusiveness and widespread development. He said, “the economic recession in 2016 and the process of recovery in 2017, both of which were triggered by developments in the oil sector, further raises concerns about the pattern and quality of the country’s economic growth and that this anomaly should not continue into 2018 and beyond”. Bukar stressed that Nigeria’s economic landscape needs a total rethink. “Making growth inclusive is not a negotiable option for the government. The concern for the economy should go beyond the narrative of mere growth, emphasis should be on ensuring that more resources are efficiently utilized,” he said. Among other policy recommendations, Bukar called on the government to ensure macro-economic stability; extend the Ease of Doing Business reforms at State level; implement holistic structural education and health reforms; and review and implement the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP). Contributing to the discourse, Mr Clem Ugorji, Public Affairs and Communications Director for West Africa said Coca-Cola was proud to sponsor the event as part of the company’s longstanding commitment to promote dialogue and thought leadership on key issues that impact society and development. He said businesses can only thrive where there is an enabling environment, noting that such environment is not defined by infrastructure alone but also by social inclusion and safety nets which are crucial drivers of social stability. Professionals commend furnishing company at 2018 Abuja Fusion Show esidents of Abuja, and stakeholders in the furnishing Rand interior décor industry such as facility managers, hoteliers, and estate developers have commended Rosemary’s – The Soft Furnishing Company for holding its 2018 Fusion Showcase in the federal capital territory. According to the Group MD/CEO of Rosemary’s Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem, “the two days of fun and connection in Abuja was amazing. It had really made us happy with the connection and open mindedness. It is very rewarding to see that so many ideas resonate with so many people despite the diversity of visitors we had at the 2018 Fusion Showcase”. The Abuja Operations Manager of Rosemary’s, Doosuur Okorie said, “we are very grateful to all our visitors, clients and friends for joining us at the Fusion Showcase. This was a real privilege for my team and myself. However, the fun and fusion would not stop with the showcase. Our commitment to making Africans home proud has only been heightened. Beyond the sales and the orders, each of our visitors learnt one or two things they can use to spruce up their living spaces and be home proud, offices or hotels”. In addition, Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem explained that the decision to adopt a flexible open day approach for the 2018 Fusion Showcase is rooted in the vision and house style of the 15-year-old company. According to her “our vision at Rosemary’s is to create and provide furnishing that is perfect for living spaces which we believe in offering soft, simple and beautiful furnishing. So the event had to tick all three boxes so that our customers could attend any time in the day and not miss any action. We are happy it worked out at the end. We had hoteliers, estate developers, facility managers and families join us in Gwarimpa as we showcased a fusion of items in ultra violet.” Rosemary’s is a niche-focused, passion-driven home comfort company specializing in soft furnishing and interior design with a deep belief in personal service, driven by the singular purpose of making Africans home proud. From Left: Representative of the Managing Director of AXA Mansard Health, Mr. Kola Oni; Guest Speaker for the breast Cancer Seminar, Dr. Olabisi Ademuyiwa; Chief Medical Director, Alliance Hospital, Dr. Utabor Christopher and National President, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP),Mrs. Ajala Angela during Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar in Abuja

VANGUARD, SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 — 43 Urhobo-Enobong tackles marriage, relationships in new play Simon Peters Abuh Shirley Urhobo-Enebong is a film maker and the Creative Director of S & S Creative Media Company. The creative degree holder in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Diploma from the New York Film Academy in this interview speaks of her new play Still Single in Gidi and other issues. Have you produced any movies yet? Nothing commercial, some mini short films and project for some companies looking for content to publicize their work. Are you doing any movies/film presently? I am preparing to do a movie right after the stage play Still Single in Gidi. Can you tell us about your stage play? Still Single in Gidi is a stage play created by my partner Sheila Ojei as a safe space for singles, dating, married or divorced living in Lagos to share their stories and experiences. For this year, the play is centered on the lives of nine characters, their experiences being single and how it shapes their perspectives on marriage and relationships. The show addresses issues such as body shaming, skin bleaching, Yoruba demon/runs girl stereotype and many more. The monologues are drawn from true life experiences and topics discussed on the blog by contributors. Last year, we decided to do the play as part of the Lagos Theatre Festival. Originally, it was going to be a small play, but it attracted a lot of attention and became pretty successful so it is better that we Shirley Urhobo-Enebong do it again this year. It will be staged at Agip Hall, Muson Center, Onikan Lagos, 2 nd & 3 rd of March, 2018. Friday 2 nd of March: 7:30pm while we have two shows: on Saturday March 3rd, 4:30 & 7:30pm. Venue Ticket information is available on Instagram - @sandscreativemedia Do you have sponsors? Unfortunately, sponsorship is hard to come by. Like last year it was supposed to be a small room like 50 -70 people and out of no where they called us that Muson Center was available, so we had to rally round to fund it. Is the show free? Actually, we have advance discount tickets going on now on our site @ Your view about the movie industry in Nigeria? Well, there was a time when a lot of film makers would hate to be associated with the industry; they would say I don’t do Nollywood films, honestly, now the movie industry is growing, there are more creative people, there are more talents, more diversity, different stories and films coming out now, people are beginning to stretch themselves. The truth is that the industry is growing fast and going in the right direction. Challenges so far as director and film maker? For me, the entire country challenges you in everything to be honest. It is a relatively new industry, people are still distrustful, you can’t go to a bank and get a loan to shoot your film, and you can’t really blame them because it’s a developmental •The cast of the play, Still Single in Gidi issue. We only have few cinemas in the country so you can’t justify wanting to spend a certain amount on making a film when you don’t even have enough cinemas to show the film to make the money back. So we’re restricted in making films within a certain price range, because of the environment we operate in. Before becoming a producer have you been involved in any movies? Not directly, movie making as a career never really crossed my mind until it literally dropped on my laps when I went for a training for graphic design in New York, and they said the class was full and they asked me to do film making that it has a producing module as well, and by the time I attended some of the classes, the story changed. I wrote a script for the first time, produced and directed it and it was good. I actually studied architecture, there’s a saying that an architect can do anything. I started with graphic design, architecture wasn’t as fulfilling, so I started dabbling into branding and other things, so when I moved back to Nigeria, after my masters, I got a job in a branding firm and I really enjoyed that for a bit. Then again, I started getting restless, then they took up a project, they were trying to produce a children’s educational program, that’s literally my first introduction into producing. I was assisting the studio producer, later I went to film school. Who is your ideal director/producer in the industry now? Honestly, I try not to mention names because it might become problematic. What advice would you give to other up and coming producers/directors? My advice to them is just do it and you will always find an audience, no matter how small, you may not blow in your first project, allow yourself to make those mistakes and ensure you learn from them. Court rejects bail for army officer arraigned with Evans By Abdulwahab Abdulah VICTOR Aduba, an army officer, who is one of the suspected henchmen of billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans was yesterday refused bail by an Ikeja High Court. Aduba, who is facing trial alongside Evans before Justice Hakeem Oshodi was said to have aided Evans in his numerous operations. In a ruling by the court, Aduba’ s request for bail was rejected on the ground that he was not residing in Lagos and did not have sufficient reasons to warrant bail. Justice Oshodi said the court considered the gravity of the offence allegedly committed, the offender’s possibility of interfering with course of trial and his antecedents before arriving at the decision. He held that Aduba would constitute a high risk especially having admitted in his statement of defence of being involved in illegal operations where he collected N20,000. The judge noted that the offence which the sixth defendant (Aduba) was standing trial for was a very severe one adding that it would be wise to hold him in custody for his own safety and protection. The judge further held that Aduba did not place sufficient material before the court to make the court exercise its discretion in his favour. “The bail application is hereby refused and is dismissed,” Justice Oshodi held. Aduba, Evans and four others were arraigned before the judge on August 30, 2017 on two counts charge bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping. The other defendants are Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okuchukwu Nwachukwu and Chilaka Ifeanyi. Proceedings in case however could not proceed further yesterday as Evans’ lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, was absent. While adjourning the matter till March 16, 2018, following the re- quest by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Titilayo Shita-Bey, the judge said he hoped that the letter written by Ogungbeje to seek an adjournment was not a ploy to frustrate the case. Earlier, the judge, in a short ruling, begun legal processes to seize from the suspect. Investigators also found out that the other firms used by the Senator to secure the NDDC contracts-, Isumabe U.K Global Ventures with RC No: 2388764 and Edrihide Company with RC No: 238832, which were registered on January 29 and February 2, 2016, both indicate No. 7, Chief Michael Metuiwe Street, Off Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta State as their operational address. A top EFCC official confirmed to Saturday Vanguard that the anti-graft Southern Senators commend Northern govs for backing ranching SOUTHERN Senators have commended northern governors for supporting the establishment of ranches in the country to check the endless clashes between herdsmen and farmers A statement in Abuja yesterday by the chairman N3.48b NDDC contract: EFCC closes in on Senator Continues from Page 8 925074; Antlers Construction & Allied Works Limited with RC No: 925188 and De Towers Construction & Allied Services with RC No: 925182 were all registered on December 3, 2010) and from the same address given as Plot 3011B, Kuranakh Close, Maitama, Abuja. Curiously, the same company operational base was used by the embattled lawmaker as its operational base for the controversial Lagos property, which the EFCC has agency had gone far into the investigation of the contract fraud and that the details would soon be made public and declined further comments on the matter. It was however learnt that the antigraft agency might file charges against the Senator before going for his arrest given its previous experience with high profiled suspects on such matters. “We do not want to make any statement on this investigation, which luckily has already gone far and Nigerians will soon hear from us,” the official said. of Southern Senators Forum, Sen, Hope Uzodimma said the position of the Northern Governors is a patriotic stance that is capable of dousing existing tension in the land. Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, had in a press conference in Kaduna Thursday declared the support of the Governors for ranching, explaining that the measure, apart from enhancing security in the land, would also boost the production of cattle and dairy products. In a prompt reaction to the Northern Governors Stand which many see as a major change of position Uzodimma in the statement said that the southern senators were happy to hear of the position of the Governors because it is a positive development and a signal that the end of the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in different parts of the country maybe in sight”