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News 8 Red Star to boost SMEs in 2018 Nigeria’s foremost Logistics Solutions Provider, Red Star Express Plc, is set to boost Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in 2018. The company is looking to achieve this by offering logistics support that are specifically tailored for the small businesses. Recently, the company sponsored and participated in Trade Fairs and Exhibitions which includes MSME Trade Fair organised by the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), and the African Food and Products Exhibition organised by the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) all in May. In his presentation titled “MSMEs: A Catalyst to Nigeria’s Export Promo Agenda”, the Divisional Managing Director for Red Star Freight Limited (a Subsidiary under Red Star Express Plc), Tonye Preghafi, explained to the participant at the Fair, that the company is interested in ensuring that their businesses are given the best support required to be successful. “Red Star Express has positioned itself, with a sense of corporate responsibility, to provide adequate support for MSMEs that will enhance their capabilities and capacities. We will achieve this by assisting MSMEs to meet export and quality standards, regulations and technical specification.” The services offered by Red Star Express Plc for SMEs include Same Day Delivery and Nationwide Express Delivery Services, Provision of E-commerce Distribution & Logistics Support for SMEs, Facilitating the import and export of bulk cargo and heavy weight consignments via Sea and Air. The company also provides Warehousing, Supply Chain and Inventory Management Services for SMEs, Product Packaging and Labeling through appropriate packaging technology for MSMEs, as well as building alliances and partnerships with foreign organization to drive demand and market for Agro products. A statement issued by the Head, Media/HR, Jsp Communications, Funmi Erikitola said in August 2017, the company launched the SME 1000 project, a platform created to connect SMEs within the Nigerian economy. More importantly, the platform was established to support budding entrepreneurs with logistics support for their businesses, and to ensure that these SMEs are first in line for special offers and business support from Red Star Express Plc. Since then, the platform has garnered over 200 SMEs who currently enjoy the aforementioned benefits. Red Star Express Plc is a Licensee of Federal Express (FedEx) Corporation, the world’s largest delivery solutions provider.

Daily Times Nigeria Thursday, June 14, 2018

APC chairmanship race: Oshiomhole wins before convention

Tom Okpe, Abuja

The former Governor of Edo State, and major contender for the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairmanship Seat seems to have won the position before the national convention with almost all party stakeholders besieging his campaign office in Abuja on Tuesday. Oshiomhole, who was earlier endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governors have continued to enjoy the support of critical stakeholders of the party including the party National Leader, Bola Tinubu and former interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande. Also, party governors including Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abubakar Ganduje of Kano State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa state, Yahaya Bello of Kogi state and Simon Lalong of Plateau State and the Minister of Labor and Productivity,

Chris Ngige with members of the National Assembly paid Oshiomhole solidarity visit at his campaign office. Speaking to journalists, the Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said the former Labour leader is well experienced and will be able to unite the party as they all have confidence in him. He said: “He has been experienced in various aspects of national life and we are all confident that the party structure is necessary for the continuous evolution and maintenance of democracy and his collective experience in the recent past as executive governor of Edo state, one of the most successful leaders of trade union, and a democratic activist all his life. These qualities will be brought to bear in achieving the ideas of the APC so we believe he will be a leader, he will be the embodiment of the spirit of the party and the experience will help him bring partisanship to governance. Governor Bagudu who spoke on behalf of the Governors

pointed out that he was not the Chairman of the Progressives governors’ forum. He said “Though I am not the chairman of the progressive governors’ forum, but I can tell you that Adams Oshiomole is my candidate as a governor and all the governors I know, he is the candidate for the chairmanship position of our party, the APC. “We believe that we have identified someone who can do the job and will be able to start and in that spirit to demonstrate by coming together. We believe he is the best fit for the job”. On his part, the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun said, “he is one of us and that is why we had to come and identify with him here. You know what that means, you know he is running for the office of the chairman of the party so we have to come and identify with him. I am not the chairman of the governor’s forum so I shouldn’t be speaking for the governors’ but let’s just say I know for me and for us in Ogun state we are supporting him”.

The Governor of kano State, Alhaji Umar Ganduje emphasised that Kano State having the largest number of delegates to the convention will give all its vote to the Comrade Governor saying: “You know Kano state has the largest number of delegates to the national convention and by seeing me here means, all the votes from Kano state will go to the former governor of Edo State. In fact, it seems numerically he is winning the election before the election”. Also speaking, Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu stated that it’s so clear even to a blind person to know that we don’t really have contest for the office of the chairman adding that; “I believe when we come in full force, you will see where votes; that is, there is ever any contest but I am sure that we are here to Savor the office of the incoming chairman of our party”. Also, the former Edo state Governor victory as APC National Chairman became even more certain as one of the

strong contenders to the seat also from Edo State, Ibrahim Ekpobaire stepped down for him. Ekpobaire Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the race at his campaign office in Abuja where he said he took the decision after wide consultation with the leadership of the party, political associates and family for the unity of APC. “I feel that the friendships I have cultivated in the party as well as the unity of the party are more important to me than the possible election as the national chairman of our great party at this moment of reconciliation and rebirth of party”. However, while speaking to journalists in company of Oshiomhole at the campaign office, Ekpobaire said he withdrew for the most competent aspirant to easily ascend the position for the progress of APC. “I believe the best decision is to work and synergize with the most competent in the race who would be able to take the party to the next level”, he maintained.

L-R: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his wife, Bolanle; Wife of winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Dr. Doyin Abiola and Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Lagos State, Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo, during the 25th Anniversary of June 12 Presidential Election lecture titled: Restructuring: An Antidote For Effective And Efficient Polity held in Lagos.

PDP to Buhari: Your image laundering in Morocco, a mockery

Tunde Opalana, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has dismissed the image rescue effort by President Muhammadu Buhari before Moroccan Prime Minister, Saadeddine Othman, as a poorly packaged deception to sugar coat his deep-seated disdain for Nigerian youths. The party said President Buhari’s sudden praise-singing for Nigerian youth in far- away Morocco is only a desperate afterthought aimed to reverse the public opprobrium he

earned himself for his “lazy youths and lovers of freebies” comment, and not borne out of genuine regard for our youths. The party’s publicist, Kola Ologbondiyan in a press statement on Tuesday said “Unfortunately for Mr. President, our youths now know better and can no longer fall for his tricks. Every Nigerian is aware of President Buhari’s disdain for our citizens and his reported comments in Morocco as inconsistent with his known beliefs and dispositions. “Nigerians recall that in a

most recent gaffe, Mr President described the members of our National Assembly as idle and unproductive just as he dismissed our youths as unfit to run for Presidency in 2019, even while signing the “Not Too Young To Run” bill into an Act. Perhaps, this explains why his handlers resorted to heavily edited press statement on the Morocco visit. “President Buhari should know that a visit to Moroccan Prime Minister cannot wash away the disgraceful invectives he openly poured on the

energetic and vivacious Nigerian youths at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where most of the world leaders were present. He would need another CHOGM in London to remove his lazy and lover of freebies stamp on our youths”. He said the PDP is aware of the desperate bid by President Buhari to stop at nothing to beguile the citizens once again that election is around the corner. However, the party felt it is important to inform Buhari

that Nigerians now “know his true colours and will reject any design to take them on a second ride to nowhere”. The PDP urged the President to end his gimmicks and let go of straws.” He should amply come to terms with the fact that the only expectation Nigerians require of him is to tender a direct apology for his abysmal performance and get prepared to leave the stage for a more innovative, and people-oriented President which Nigerians will elect on the platform of the PDP, come 2019”, he said.

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