24 Muhammed Uba, Controller of Customs, Federal Operation Unit, Zone A, (l), showing to newsmen some of the 6,003 smuggled bags of foreign rice, equivalent to 10 trailer loads, which were intercepted by the unit in Ikeja, Lagos State. NAN Oyo to establish gemstone centre AKINREMI FEYISIPO, Ibadan Oyo State is establishing an international gemstone processing centre and market where precious stones would be processed and polished before shipment to international markets. Governor Abiola Ajimobi disclosed this at a two-day strategic engagement and sensitisation workshop for stakeholders in the southwest geo-political zone, held in Ibadan, Wednesday. He said with large deposits of high quality marble and other solid minerals like aquamarine, tantalite, tourmaline, granite, talc and the recently discovered gold deposits in Oyo, the state was establishing the centre to market the mineral resources. Represented by Gbade Ojo, his chief of staff, Ajimobi said the state was exploring the benefits in agriculture and solid min- C’ River CP assures investors of security in CFTZ MIKE ABANG, Calabar BUSINESS DAY CITYFile The Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Cross River State Command, Hatiz Mohammed Inuwa, has assured investors in the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) of adequate security. Inuwa gave the assurance when he led a delegation of top police officers to the trade zone. The police boss said the zone which harbours foreign and local investors, plays a vital role in stimulating the economy of the state in particular and the country in general, saying every was being done to guarantee the lives of the investors and their investments. While calling on the zone management to corporate with security agencies, he ... decries shortage of police personnel in state charged officers and men of the command to ensure regular surveillance in the zone. He, however, decried inadequate police personnel in the state and sought the collaboration of other security agencies in the deployment of personnel to sensitive areas to combat crime. Godwin Ekpe, head, Calabar Free trade Zone (CFTZ), who represented the managing director of Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Emmanuel Jime, expressed delight for the visit. EKpe disclosed that the zone has so far licensed about 77 companies out of which 42 are operational with over 11,000 skilled and unskilled workers engaged by these companies. “The free trade zone scheme has attracted over 11,000 direct and indirect employments from inception date and still erals to wean itself from dependence on the dwindling oil revenue coming from the centre. This, he said, informed the decision by his administration to establish the Mineral Development Agency, which is responsible for the creation of wealth from mineral resources for the benefit of the citizens and to attract local and foreign investors. Ajimobi said that the government’s decision to invest in the solid minerals development sector had caused an increase in the state’s internally generated revenue, as well as the collection of 13 per cent derivation from the mineral resources from the Federal Government. He said that the effort had also resulted in the discovery of gold deposits, which had earned the state a license for the exploration of talc and gold in Kajola local government area of the state He explained that the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF) was a strategic intervention by the Federal Government, capable of propelling the country’s economic growth. He, however, advocated the assemblage of stakeholders in the industry to brainstorm and map out strategies towards attaining the objectives of the SMDF, which was established in 2017 to administer accruing funds meant for solid minerals development. The governor said: “There is no debating the fact that for Nigeria to achieve her desired growth, particularly in the solid minerals sub-sector, there is need for an intervention like the SMFD. The governor therefore appealed to the SMDF to use the opportunity of the workshop to further enlighten and empower those in the mining sector by exposing them to the necessary steps that would facilitate access to the fund. Fatima Shinkafi, the executive secretary, SMDF, said that the workshop was aimed at exposing the stakeholders to the opportunities and benefits in the mining sector as an alternative revenue earner. attracting. Technology transfer and skill acquisition from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and other companies located in the zone such as Skyrum International, M-salah Engineering Agrim International, Combination Industries, Bao Yao Iron and Steel Group and General Electric FZE” . He, however, said that the major challenge facing the CFTZ Divisional Police Station was shortage of staff and as a result, “the personnel are constantly drifted to other duties in town, considered to be hot spots of crime.” We sincerely appeal to the CP to use his high offices to post more security personnel to the division for efficient security coverage. The CFTZ which was initially known as Calabar Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) came into existence in 1992, after the promulgation of the NEPZ Act No. 63 0f 1992. Police uncover another illegal brewery in Lagos JOSHUA BASSEY Friday 13 April 2018 The police have uncovered an illegal brewery at Egbe-Afa in Igbogbo area of Ikorodu and arrested five suspects in connection with it. This is coming barely a week after a similar illegal wine brewery factory was uncovered in Mushin area of the state. Edgal Imohimi, the Commissioner of Police, in charge of Lagos, who led newsmen to the scene, said that the suspects would be subjected to further interrogation to know where the drinks were bottled and sold. The illegal brewery was producing Malt drinks, stout and ethanol which they pumped into trucks to bottle at another location. The CP said that the illegal brewery had been sealed and samples of the drinks would be sent to the laboratory for test. He attributed discovery to the efforts of community policing and partnership. According to him, the people of Lagos are showing increasing confidence in the police. Imohimi urged residents to know their neighbours, saying that vigilance is the only way to have a crime-free society. “This success story of the police is an evidence that community policing and partnership is working in the state. This is an illegal distillery where malt, stout and ethanol are being produced in an unhygienic environment thereby feeding poison to the people. You will recall that a fake wine factory was also discovered at Mushin recently. This is as a result of vigilance. I encourage the people to do more. This is an information which should have got to the police earlier, but I commend the people for sharing this information with the police. He said the people must be deeply involved in crime fighting, adding that “Lagosians can only give credible information to the people when they are healthy; so I will encourage you to say something when you see something,” he said. The illegal brewery has more than 1,000 drums of brewed malt and 100 tanks where the drinks are pumped before supplying tankers. A building where operational items of the suspects were kept was also located close to the illegal brewery. Drug abuse: NAFDAC wants parents to check your children’s bags The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has challenged parents and communities to step up monitoring of youths against drug abuse. Stella Ngwoke, a director in NDLEA in charge of Drug Abuse Preventive Education (DAPE) stated this during a community awareness campaign on drug abuse and misuse, in Lagos State, recently. The campaign was organised by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. Ngwoke spoke on “the role of NDLEA in combating drug abuse in the country.’’ She described drugs as any substance, legal or not, that could transform the central nervous system and affect the person’s behaviour or thought. “Parents need to face the challenges their children are experiencing as regards drug abuse by checking their activities. “Denial of drug abuse by their children is a problem that must also be faced by parents if they want this menace to be eradicated easily. “Parents should not be too tired to listen and pay attention to their needs because once they lose faith in you, they can never confide in you,’’ the official said.
Friday 13 April 2018 Hotels BUSINESS DAY 25 Looking for a blend of hospitality, polo… OBINNA EMELIKE In 2006, John Campbell, the ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, stated on a DSTV interview that Fifth Chukker in Kaduna was the best recreational facility he had seen in all of Africa after he attended the maiden World Military Polo tournament at the ranch where the United States also participated along with United Kingdom, South Africa, Egypt, India and Nigeria, the host country. The Abuja diplomatic community naturally lapped up the good tidings and followed in his footsteps, subsequently making the Kaduna resort the top diplomatic and expat haven in Nigeria in a very short period. The continuous stream has also conferred Fifth Chukker the enviable status of hosting the largest gatherings of ambassadors and diplomats at any one event outside Abuja. Not even the very dark days of Boko Haram could stem the traffic. The Fifth Chukker story began in 2000 when Adamu Atta, an entrepreneur, legendry polo promoter and player, ventured to establish a private polo facility where he could stable his rapidly growing strings of Argentine horses and practice the game with his friends. The gates were to be opened to the public with periodic tournaments to entertain the polo-loving Kaduna citizens. When Ahmed Makarfi, then governor of Kaduna State, accompanied Atiku Abubakar, then vice president, to attend one such polo event in 2004, he steadfastly encouraged Atta to upgrade the facility to an all-purpose resort, which Kaduna was lacking. Today, Fifth Chukker is an upscale lifestyle oasis of family fun, recreation, polo and culture spread across 2000 hectares in the outskirts of Kaduna, offering visitors the essentials to revive their spirit as much as their body all within easy reach of the city centre So far, the resort has 100 rooms, comprising of 3-bedroom duplexes, 2- bedroom villas and 1- bedroom lodges. There are conference halls for meetings and retreats, and restaurants for fine dining. Spas and gyms, naturally, are in the pipeline. Last year, Fifth Chukker kicked off the year- long Kaduna centenary celebration with a critically acclaimed photo exhibition at its newly minted Kaduna hall conference and exhibition centre. Fifth Chukker’s worldclass Polo and Country club prides itself on its highly exquisite facilities. With three championship pitches and stabling for 1000 horses, it continues to set the benchmark for polo in Africa. Headlined by its two major polo tournaments, the club’s polo calendar is one of the crown jewels in the Nigerian diary of elite events, providing a polo experience comparable to the most celebrated clubs around the world. Beyond polo and facility convenience, lifestyle trends at Fifth Chukker are becoming more active and dynamic. Participating in many sports and outdoor activities provides both an escape and a relief from the high-paced and highpressure work or even home environment. Families can relax and share memories, and introduce the kids to lots of outdoor experiences whereas everyone can also feel refreshed and get close to nature. The resort include several kilometers of walking and hiking trails that meander through the savannah and the edge of a l5- hectare lake which is perfect for both motorized and non motorized water sport. Other recreational activities available include camping, cycling, pottery, quad bike, basket ball, lawn tennis, football and swimming. Security is managed at the highest level, fostering a sense of personal safety and freedom for residents. Significantly, Atta has been very proactive when it comes to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Because of the enormous scope of the development, he has effectively breathed new life into the rustic communities that surround Fifth Chukker through job creation and local employment opportunities. This has been one of the key areas of focus for him. Additionally, all Fifth Chukker polo tournaments are aligned with CSR projects. The UNICEF Charity Shield sponsored by Access Bank promotes child education and health while the African Patrons Cup espouses breast cancer awareness with the active endorsement and patronage of Northern Nigeria first ladies. “These charitable initiatives and community enrichment programmes are very central to the mission of Fifth Chukker’’, Atta reiterated. 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