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NCAN accuses Gov Bello of Killing cashew business with multiple taxation

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The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) Kogi State chapter has accused Kogi State Government of using all manner of taxations, harassment and intimidation to stifle cashew farmers and marketers out of business.
Cashew production has become a major source of income and employment for the teeming youths in Kogi especially the eastern senatorial district where massive plantations have been yielding dividends.
The group indicated that the State Government has been milking the association dry with multiple taxation, and other illegal levies and the obnoxious policies.

Addressing newsmen in Ayingba on Monday, the association said that such imposition by the kogi state government agencies made Cashew farming and business in the state the most expensive when compared to other states in the country.
The body also issued a 14 day ultimatum to the state government to reverse all the taxes if not the association will embark on the next line of action.
The association was however silent on the next line of action to be taken if the demand was not met.
The chairman of the association, Elder Sule Ochala who addressed the press on behalf of the association said that of particular concerns was the state government’s encouragement being given to the agencies some of which were not even known to the body to impose levies of all kinds on Cashew farmers and buyers in the state as well as forceful, threatening, harassment and intimidation on the said farmers and buyers in the state.
For instance, he said that Cashew dealers were being made to buy Kogi State jute bag at a high cost of one thousand naira,(1,000naira)per bag instead of four hundred and senty naira per bag,(470naira) per bag in favour of the state government.
According to him, the breakdown of the various levies are;Grading fees,N30,000, Haulage feed, N10,000, State environmental ,N6,000 ,NAAPD which is not known to the industry also imposed N6,000 while N5,000 is being imposed as youth Levy.
Other levies he said include Local government deoatmental levy,N10,000, Local government environmental levy, N3,000
All these levies he said has pushed up the Price per jute bag to N400,000 per bag instead of N180,000 from an open market.
This is coming as the price of Cashew has dropped considerably to below N6,000 against N50,000 last year.
He called on the Federal government to call the state government to order as such levies was inflicting more hardship on the people of the state since 85 percent of the total population of the state are Cashew farmers and traders.
According to him,”Kogi state cannot be an exception from other Cashew producing States adding that Enugu, Niger, Edo, Benue and Nasarawa States paid averagely N1,000 to N2,000 in all per truck while sum together of that of Kogi state is about half a million.

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Sahad Stores moves to invest in Bauchi, as Gov Muhammed welcomes initiative

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By Princess Rose Yusuf, Bauchi

The chief Executive Officer of Sahad Stores Alhaji Ibrahim Mijinyawa has promise to make Bauchi State a business destination with his plan to establish a department store in the State.
Mijinyawa spok when he was received in audience by the executive Governor of Bauchi State Alhaji Bala Muhammed.

The business mogul indicated that he is in Bauchi to bring business opportunities to the people of the State through construction of Sahad super market.

He said with his good relationship with Governor Bala, his company will support him to succeed in the sector of business development.

Receiving the business mogul at Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi. Governor Muhammed expressed gratitude to him for planning to construct a modern market in Bauchi.

Governor Bala with the development, promised to allocate a land for the immediate commencement of the construction exercise of the super market.

He said the super market when established in the state, will go along way in improving business and trade activities in the state for economic development.

Governor Muhammed thanked the CEO of the super market for his support to Nigerians through providing affordable goods and services.

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Gov Sule seeks support from FG to boost agric sector

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has sought further collaboration and support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to boost agricultural activities and rural roads development.

Sule made the call when he paid a thank-you visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, in Abuja, yesterday.

The Governor pointed out that Nasarawa State being an agricultural state, requires the support of the ministry to attain its potential of adding value to the agricultural sector of the country’s economy.

In his appeal, Sule called on the ministry to include Nasarawa State in the Rural Agricultural and Marketing project (RAAM), given its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory and the high number of agricultural activities the minister has indicated interest during his two-day working visit to the state.

The Governor equally solicited the support of the ministry in the area of critical infrastructure like rural roads and water supply.

He specifically reminded the minister of his earlier promise to consider the Doma/Rukubi, Azara/Gindin Asha, as well as the rehabilitation of the Awe/Tunga rural road.

Sule also identified the Lafia/Kilema/Rice Mill internal road, the borehole facilities at the rice mill and cassava processing plant.

“You have seen that Nasarawa State is truly an agricultural state and if properly giving the support, Nasarawa will add value to the agricultural sector of Nigeria,” the Governor said.

He showed appreciation to the minister for taking time out of his tight schedule to pay a two-day working visit to the state, during which he made some promises, with the Governor returning the visit as a follow-up.

Responding, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, said Nasarawa State is key to agricultural development in the country and that with its enormous potentials, the state holds a future for a strong agricultural relationship in the industrial sector.

Alhaji Nanono gave the Dangote Sugar plantation as a testimony of the great potential Nasarawa State holds in especially large scale allied industries.

According to the minister, when fully operational, the Dangote Sugar refinery has capacity to employ 30, 000 people.

“I see that Nasarawa State will be lifted from a rural to a major industrial state. The business acumen that you put into your governance will attract people to the state to invest,” the Minister said.

Alhaji Nanono assured that his ministry will give Nasarawa State support in some rural roads, as well as influence major agricultural undertakings to the state.

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Nationaldaddi Committed To Helping Nigerians Get Affordable Lands, Houses

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A Nigerian young businesses mogul, Ike Bishop Okoronkwo has said that he is committed to helping Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.

Okoronkwo, who is popularly known as NationalDaddi, has floated his own estate to achieve this commitment.

The estate known as Bishop Court Estate is situated in the city of Abuja and Lagos.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Okoronkwo said, “I am committed to helping many Nigerians to get lands and houses of their own.”

He also restated his commitment to help other young Nigerians to grow in entrepreneurship and creativity, adding that his aim of going into different businesses, is to help build Nigeria and its people.

According to his profile, “Nationaldaddi as his popularly known on social media is a man of different parts. He was one of the young Nigerians who won President Jonathan youwin program in 2012 and since then have ventured into so many businesses including IT, entertainment, hospitality, content creation, degital trading and recently real estate.

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