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Exhibitors Line up for First Lagos Motor Show

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Over 30 different brands of modern cars dealers as well as classic cars collectors have confirmed their interest to be part of the first edition of Lagos Motor Show holding between Friday February 16th and 17th 2024.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chief executive officer of Royal Media Group – the organizers of the Motor Show disclosed at a media conference over the weekend that the Lagos Motor Show, will showcase Modern, Classic, Vintage Cars, Eco Friendly EV, Robotics and autonomous vehicles, Electric –Tricycles and E-mobility.

He added that, there will be an exhibition of new innovation and developments in the automotive Industry such as Internet of Things (IoT) in automobiles, energy efficient cars, Electric Vehicles and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered low emission vehicles.

“The event will be an exciting opportunity to bring together car enthusiasts and their families, purchasers, decision makers and dealers. Our aim is that the show will be an annual event that will attract thousands of automotive enthusiasts, industry professionals, and media representatives.

“The highly anticipated event in the Nigeria automotive calendar, and will provide corporate brands with unparalleled visibility among industry leaders, influencers, and potential customers. It will record a high number of visitors who are automobile buyers, decision makers, motor enthusiasts, banks, insurance companies, small-scale auto-entrepreneurs, representatives of foreign trade missions and multinational companies,” he said.

                                        Key features of the Event

Targeted Audience: This is an opportunity to engage with a diverse audience, including car enthusiasts, industry professionals, and potential buyers, offering brands the chance to connect with a broad range of demographics.

The Show will offer an opportunity to interact with haulage, logistics, car hire companies, digital taxi companies, passenger transporters, financial institutions, Insurance, loans companies and other potential buyers and decision makers.

Networking Opportunities: Participate in exclusive networking events, connecting with key decision-makers, industry professionals, haulage, logistics, car hire companies, passenger transporters, and potential clients in a dynamic and engaging environment.

Corporate organisations including banks, insurance companies, financiers, auto-entrepreneurs and representatives from foreign trade missions and multinational companies will be in attendance.

Access to existing forum of owners and enthusiasts – The Classic Cars Collectors of Nigeria, a community of over 100 classic and vintage car collectors and enthusiasts, will showcase their collections.

Tech Theatre: A dedicated technology exhibition that will feature new innovation, Internet of things (IoT) in automobiles and other developments in the automotive industry, including Electric Vehicles, Electric Tricycles and gas powered low emission ECO friendly vehicles.

Charitable Donation: Part of the proceeds from this event and activities will be donated to charitable causes.


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Customs Says No NIN, No Food as FG Begins Distribution of Seized Food Items

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Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has commenced the distribution of seized food items across the country, following a mandate from the federal government, in a bid to alleviate the economic hardships faced by Nigerians.

Customs Says No NIN, No Food as FG Begins Distribution of Seized Food Items

Beneficiaries would be required to provide a verifiable National Identification Number (NIN) to access the assistance.

Wale Adeniyi, customs comptroller-general, announced the initiative during a flag-off event in Lagos, highlighting the collaboration with other agencies to ensure direct distribution to those in need.

The distribution targets various segments of the population, including artisans, teachers, and religious organizations, with an emphasis on reducing food prices.

Adeniyi assured the public of the safety of the distributed rice, certified by NAFDAC, and outlined measures to prevent misuse or diversion.

The operation addresses food hoarding and smuggling, contributing to the government’s broader strategy to stabilize food prices and enhance national food security.

 

 

 


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Access Bank, FG Partner to Provide N50bn Funding for MSMEs

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Access Bank has said that it will be working with the Office of the Vice President to provide N50 billion as soft loans and grants to four million Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), in the country.

Chioma Ogwo, Head, Emerging Businesses at Access Bank Plc, disclosed this at the Inaugural Job Creation and MSME Quarterly Communications Forum in Abuja on Thursday.

Ogwo said the initiative was aimed at empowering businesses in Nigeria, by building their capacities and providing them with financial support.

According to her, 4 million MSMEs are expected to be empowered every year for four years, with 70,000 having access to finance while 300,000 will receive training.

She also mentioned that as part of the initiative, selected SMEs will have the chance to travel overseas and observe how businesses operate in other nations through its Business Exchange Programme.

Ogwo said: “So, this initiative, called the Youth Thrive by Access, is focused on MSMEs and we are looking at empowering them. There are different ways in which we are going to empower them. We are going to empower them by building their capacity and giving them access to affordable finance.

“We are going to build their capacities in different ways. There is going to be digital, technical, and also, skill acquisition training. With regards to finance, we are going to be giving them loans, and we are also going to be giving them grants.

“The grants are free. They are not paying us back. But, we are only giving grants to deserving SMEs who have done very well and there are price ranges for different categories.

“So, we have earmarked 50 billion for this intervention. For the first year, we will look at it and then will would review it”

While praising Access Bank for the initiative, Mr. Temitola Adekunle-Johnson, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, Office of the Vice-President, stated that the objective was to remove obstacles to MSMEs’ loan access and to secure lower interest rates for them.

Johnson added that after evaluating the initiative’s effectiveness, the federal government would then consider whether to expand the funding.

According to him, “What we are trying to achieve is to be able to guarantee seamless and easy access to funding for the SMEs. We want businesses to be able to apply for funding and be sure that in the worst case, in 14 days, you have the funds that you need for your business.

“We do not want businesses to apply for loans and be waiting for disbursement in six weeks. Some of these businesses can fold up within those months. So, what we want, and what they have promised us, which we know they have the capacity to deliver on, is that this disbursements will be quick after the loan assessments are processed, so that we will help reduce the bottlenecks of MSMEs running from pillar to looking for funding.”


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MoneyMaster PSB Records Increase in Customer Base

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MoneyMaster Payment Service Bank, promoted and backed by digital services company Globacom has continued to witness tremendous increase in its customer base since it commenced operations.

The PSB which launched commercial operations in May 2022 in order to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria is focused on the unbanked and under-banked in the country.

The number of customers has been on increase with majority of them attracted by the bank’s digital channels such as USSD, mobile app and internet banking which allow them to open accounts, buy airtime and data, pay utility bills and perform other services hitch free.

The PSB has also embarked several innovations, with new services introduced in recent times for the benefit of its customers across the country.

These developments, industry sources said propelled Nigerians to join the bank in order to enjoy series of top – notch financial services and also conduct their banking transactions assurance promptly.

The sources disclosed further that “There are currently over 4,000 billers on the MMPSB platform and that the number is growing on a daily basis.

“Through the platform, customers are able to pay for many essential services such as airtime, data, electricity, cable subscription, etc”.

The PSB is also retooling and reengineering its operation with several new initiatives to be unveiled soon for better customer experience, thus assuring them of exciting times ahead.


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