THE NATION FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
Group seeks patronage for members
EMBERS of the Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employers’ Federation (CANMPEF) have indicated their interest in the redevelopment of Lagos State. They stated this at the association’s 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Lagos State Mrs. Olusola Oworu, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Mr Wale Raji, said the state government aims to develop an offshore economic growth zone, attract investments, promote export, create job opportunities and establish a one stop global business haven. According to her, the Lekki Free Trade Zone creates opportunities for manufacturers to import and export goods without paying charges, adding that Lagos State seeks a conducive environment for investors as well as to enhance and sustain competitive-
ness in Lagos. She said the state government “has also completed the master plan on the 3,500 hectares of land earmarked for the project. The airport is designed to handle about five million passengers yearly with provision for a modular terminal for future expansion. She disclosed that preliminary work on the project had since commenced with the clearing of 4.5 km of the access road and 9km of perimeter road, and added that this was in furtherance of its objective to make the Lekki Free Trade Zone a fully functional investment haven. The Executive Secretary of the Federation, Mr Ebenezer Ali, said the success of any economy is dependent on the success of its industrial activities. He urged the government to improve the business environment in which the industries operates. Ali added that the forum also
serves as an opportunity for exchange of ideas among members and friends of the Federation on management of business operations. As part of the activities for the AGM, CANMPEF inaugurated new executives. Chief D.V.G Edwin, Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc was elected the new President.He took over from the Acting President Mrs. Peju Adebajo. Dr.Palaniappan Sridharan, Managing Director, Nycil Limited was elected First Vice President; Mr. Rotimi Aluko, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Voda Paint Limited was elected the Second Vice- President and Mrs. Omolara Elemide, Managing Director, CAPL Plc was elected the Treasurer. The new trustees include Mrs. Adebajo; Mr Joe Hudson, Managing Director, Lafarge Wapco and Mr Tella, Managing Director, IPWA Plc.
HE Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN) has called on the Federal Government and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to protect the industryby checking fake imported lubricants. Its members said though lubricants produced in the country comply with standards, some imported lubricants do not. He alleged that some people imported substandard lubricants to sell at cheaper prices. More worrisome is the import duty tariff of 10 per cent, which is the same for imported lubricants and for base oil - the major raw material used by lubricant producers in Nigeria.This is not an incentive to encourage producers and keep them in business as well as keep millions of their employees in their employment, they lamented. In a communiqué signed by LUPAN Executive Secretary Mr Emeka Obidike C., the association appealed to the Federal Government to review downwards to five per cent the import duty tariff on base oil, which is the chief
PRCAN urges quacks to register
HE Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) has urged unregistered public relations agencies to enlist with the body. PRCAN Vice-President, Mr Chido Nwakanma, made the call at the Fourth Public Relations Master Class training organised by the association in Ikeja GRA, Lagos. He said: “Public relations is made for this era. Our primary business is the strategic management of information (communication) flow between and among various stakeholder groups. We live in the Information age. Not surprisingly, public relations is growing in importance.” He said the acceptance of public relations by the corporate world and government institutions imposed on its professionals the imperative of continuous capacity development. Training and retraining are even more imperative for its members, Nwakanma added, because clients demand more from PR agencies. Nwakanma, who is also Chief
Executive of Blueflower Limited, a strategic communications management firm, said public relations budgets were also growing in response to the increased demand. He stated that there were increased dangers as well, beyond the demand for increased accountability and results by clients. He said: “The other danger comes from people and organisations practising public relations on the sly and taking huge bites from the PR cake we are trying to bake. They range from advertising agencies, who should be our allies in building another arm of the communication business, to journalists with briefcase media relations agencies, to management consultants. We invite genuine professionals to come and join PRCAN so we can elevate practice standards together and enlarge the pie.” Nwakanma also said: “PRCAN also calls on our colleagues on client side, from private organisations to government agencies to emulate their colleagues in other professions – Law, Accountancy –
in inviting professionally registered public relations firms to handle their briefs and provide external professional counsel to their organisations. They should eschew the short sightedness of running briefcase agencies to which they assign briefs from their organisations. With such practices, it is difficult to maintain standards and even less accountability, all of which denudes from the value of the profession.” He affirmed the commitment of the professional body to manpower development in the industry. “PRCAN supports the public relations industry by insisting that staff members of agencies, particularly those who head key departments, must be registered members of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). Our training programmes are also part of mandatory CPD required of serious professionals across disciplines,” he stated. The PRCAN MasterClass Series on “Planning and Managing Strategic PR Campaigns” had about 30 participants.
raw material that is used in producing their lubricants. They are seeking a higher tariff regime for imported lubricants to protect local producers as well as remain competitive in the market. They want the regulatory bodies SON and DPR to be more firm in ensuring compliance to standards by these imported lubricants, to check the influx of poor quality and substandard lubricants and to protect consumers. The Chairman of the group, Chief Anthony Enukeme, called on the Federal Government to accede to their demands to boost local production capacities, enhances employment generation and earn foreign exchange when they export lubricants produced in Nigeria to other countries in Africa. The Vice-Chairman of the group Alhaji Ado Mustapha added that as major employers, the Federal Government should assist them.
Lagos Business School alumni get new president
•From left: Deputy General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, RedStar Express, Mr Victor Ukwat; Chairman, Mohammed Koguna; and Managing Director, Mr Sule Bichi, after a meeting in Lagos.
Group tasks govt on fake lubricants
EMOLA Aladekomo, Group Managing Director, Chams Plc, is the new President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA). He succeeds Udeme Ufot, Managing Director of SO&U Saatchi & Saatchi. LBSAA has an electoral system which stipulates that the vice-president becomes the president after a two-year tenure. Aladekomo was the former vice-president of the association. An entrepreneur, Aladekomo is a pioneer in the field of public opinion polling, market research, electronic display board, financial and identification card technologies in Nigeria. He also pioneered electronic funds transfer which heralded today’s dominant Western Union transfer. He is the president of the Nigeria Computer Society ; Chairman, Cardcentre Nigeria Limited, Treasurenest Limited; Crops Nigeria Limited, Smartcity Resorts Plc, Insider Lagos and Chams Consortium Limited, among others. He is an active farmer, with one of the largest citrus plantation southwest. Other executive committee
members include Mr Wole Oshin, Managing Director of Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc and Mr. Steve Obiago, Group Head, Information Technology Operations, Diamond Bank Plc, were elected Vice-President and Secretary. LBSAA has 4,400 members. The association is made up of chief executives, owner managers, executive directors, senior and young managers, who have completed the various executive programmes of the Lagos Business School, Pan African University.
Firms unveil photo printing machine
KYSAT Technologies Limited, and KIS Photo-Me Group, a photo printing machine manufacturer, have launched the new DSK Wet Minilab Generation 4. The machine produces formats up to 12"x18"or x36", prints in HD quality and features an exclusive automatic enhancement technology for digital pictures. Some of the features and specifications of the new machine include compact design, new version of eye-tech digital science operating software and optional film scanner. Others include 340dpi resolution, 800 prints per hour and internet 500GB archiving capacity (equivalent of 250,000 photos). Speaking in Lagos during an interactive session with key dealers drawn from Nigeria and Benin Re-
public, the International Sales Manager, KIS Photo-Me Group, Mr Pierre Buendia, said the need to match consumers’ dynamic expectations was responsible for the new product that was launched last year in France. “Photo-Me recognises that today’s consumers are expecting more from their photos and that is why the new DKS4 delivers a full range of high value-added services in a simple operation. The machine, which is a new generation of professional wet digital minilabs, is fully compactable with the Photo-Me Photobook Builder,” he said. The Managing Director, Skysat Technologies, Mr Izzat Debs, said his company as the authorised distributor of KIS Photo- Me Group in Nigeria and West Africa, was glad to partner with the France-based company to serve Nigerians.
The Nation June 15, 2012