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Aura by Transcorp Hotels Wins Tourism Innovation Award

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Aura by Transcorp Hotels, the online booking platform which allows people to book hotels and short let apartments, experiences, and order food anywhere in Nigeria, has received a Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation at the 5th edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards.

According to the organisers of the award, the recognition is aimed at celebrating industry icons who have contributed to the growth of tourism in Nigeria.

“We are proud to receive the Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation less than a year after our official launch. With aura by Transcorp Hotels, we cater to the three major things people think about when they travel – where they stay, what they eat, and things to do.

With our verified accommodation – hotels and apartments – and carefully curated experiences, we have over the past 10 months shown people reasons to travel within the country, whether for business or leisure, solo or as a family or group,” said Ifeoma Okafor-Obi Business Development Director, aura by Transcorp Hotels.

“With just a few clicks on our platform, users can be on their way to enjoy their best staycation ever, visiting hidden gems in different parts of the country and staying in hotels and apartments that feels like home, Okafor-Obi added.

Also commenting on the recognition, Dupe Olusola Managing Director/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, owners of aura by Transcorp Hotels stressed that the platform has proven to be a tool for revolutionising domestic tourism in Nigeria.

“World over, governments use domestic tourism as a tool to eliminate poverty, generate employment, improve economic growth, upgrade infrastructure, as well as support and develop local and national pride.

As Nigeria’s leading hospitality company, we have set the pace in providing a platform that shows people beautiful places to travel across Nigeria, and gets the perfect place to stay, improving the attractiveness of different destinations in the country,” the MD/CEO added.

“It is quite encouraging that our investment in aura by Transcorp Hotels to support the development of domestic tourism has not gone unnoticed.”

aura by Transcorp Hotels provides a great selection of exquisite properties at the best prices, carrying out verification on all listings on the platform to ensure 2 / 2 that guests are choosing from the right pool of options, and in keeping with the known high standards of the parent company Transcorp Hotels Plc.

To enjoy access to unique accommodation, food and localised experiences listed on aura by Transcorp Hotels, users must register at aura.transcorphotels.com. They can also download aura by Transcorp Hotels on Google Play and Apple App Store.

Aura by Transcorp Hotels is very easy to use, but should users need any support, they can reach out via WhatsApp (+234 812 003 000) or the dedicated customer experience number 01 3434499.

About aura by Transcorp Hotels
Aura by Transcorp Hotels is an online platform that helps you book accommodation, order great food and everything you need for memorable lifestyle experiences.
Download Aura on Google Play or Apple App Store. You can also visit aura.transcorphotels.com

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Olam Agri Reiterates Commitment to Food Security, Secures IFC loan

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…As subsidiary, Crown Flour Mill works with FG and the High Commission of India in Nigeria to facilitate importation of Indian Wheat

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Olamm Agri, a leading agribusiness conglomerate with footprints across the world, underlined its commitment to global food security with a US$200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The loan which was announced over the weekend by the financing institution would help the agribusiness expand the supply of key production inputs such as wheat, maize and soy to its global subsidiaries to combat the widening shortage of commodities as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war and the wider climate change which are taking a toll on the world population.

Rana Karadsheh, Regional Industry Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, Asia Pacific at IFC, explained, Our partnerships with key agricultural commodity-trading companies such as Olam Agri are crucial to maintaining the flow of critical food staples between countries with surpluses and deficits, ensuring better food security for the worlds poorest and most vulnerable populations, he added.

Speaking about the facility, Neelamani Muthukumar, Chief Executive Officer, Operations at Olam Agri, said, This facility further supports us to continue to supply staple crops and ensure food security to some of the most populous countries in Asia and Africa most at risk of global food inflation,

He added, Were delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with IFC, aligning with Olam Agris focus on better access to food and nutrition for the most vulnerable and on strengthening global food security, he added.

Meanwhile, the leading agribusiness Nigerian flour-milling unit, Crown Flour Mill (CFM) limited as part of a concerted effort aimed at addressing the pressing global food supply chain crisis and ensuring food security in Nigeria, has officially notified the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment of its interest to import 500,000 mt of wheat from India and secured the support of the Federal Government on its request.

CFM has consistently shown its commitment to contributing to and aligning with and the FGs food security, food production self-sufficiency drive as well as its other socio-economic growth aspirations including employment generation.

Following its approval, the ministry has also on behalf of CFM written to the High Commissioner of India in Abuja for it to consider the business importation request.

In the light of the cordial relationship between both countries and the Federal Governments endorsement, the Indian High Commission has further officially communicated the ministrys request to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade in India.

On the local front, CFM continues to play its role in the development of the wheat value chain in Nigeria through various intervention initiatives and massive investments under the auspices of the Seeds for the Future Programme as an organization and through the joint efforts of the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), Wheat Development Programme.

Speaking about the move to booster its wheat supply chain, Ashish Pande, the Managing Director, CFM, said, As a highly productive company and contributor to Nigerias food security agenda, we strive consistently to provide affordable and healthy food for the populace.

The disruption to the global wheat supply chain and challenges on the local front call for urgent alternative actions.

The endorsement by the Federal Government will help us proceed to the next level of the arrangement to bridge the local wheat supply shortage.  

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NCDMB partnering Shell, Exxon, NAOC in Oil & Gas Parks -Wabote

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Major international operating oil and gas companies, notably Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Exxon Mobil Nigeria, and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) have made significant investments in support of the ongoing development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGaPS), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote has revealed.


He stated this recently at the Nigerian Content Sensitization Programme for Law Enforcement Agencies, organised by the NCDMB in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State with a view to strengthening the existing collaboration with various law enforcement organizations and sister agencies and leverage their expertise and partnership to accelerate Nigerian content compliance in the oil and gas industry.


He gave a breakdown of the Board’s achievements and initiatives and hinted that NCDMB was developing the oil and gas parks in conjunction with key operators in the oil and gas industry.

According to him, Shell funded the provision of power and utility cables deployed at the oil and gas park located at Emeyal -1, Bayelsa State, while Exxon Mobil provided the electrical infrastructure for the park at Odukpani in Cross River State.

Also, NAOC had earlier partnered with the Board to develop the 10-megawatts gas power plant that would supply electricity to the Bayelsa park when completed, in addition to providing uninterrupted electricity currently to the Nigerian Content Tower and some strategic infrastructure owned by the Bayelsa State Government.


The Executive Secretary also confirmed that the Board had signed an agreement with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) to establish a gas-fired power plant at the Odukpani, park – to provide the park with constant electricity.

He assured that the power facility will be ready before the end of 2022, about the same time the Emeyal-1 and Odukpani parks would be completed, ahead of commencing operations in early 2023.

He announced that the Board had started inviting interested manufacturing companies and other firms to apply for spaces in the parks.

The parks would have dedicated power supply and shared services and were conceived to domicile equipment components manufacturing in-country, to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry and sectoral linkages as well as create jobs for the nation’s teeming youths.


Wabote also indicated that the Board was also working to develop oil and gas parks at Oguta in Imo State, at Onna in Akwa Ibom, Ilaje in Ondo State and in Delta State, and work was progressing in different stages at the identified locations.

He confirmed that the completed oil and gas parks would be managed by professional facility managers, to ensure their sustainability.


He also stated that the Board is partnering with the Nigeria LNG Limited to develop the Brass Island Shipyard as a Capacity Development Initiative.

He hinted that the feasibility study, geotechnical survey, and site selection study had all been completed. In addition, the land valuation and perimeter survey had also been completed and the plan is to construct the shipyard in two phases, he added.


Speaking further on the rationale for organising the workshop and engaging with law enforcement agencies, the NCDMB boss noted that “when you are speaking the same language with Customs, they will guard against the importation of goods that can be produced incountry, while immigration will help in terms of expatriate quota management.”


In his welcome address, Head Legal Services NCDMB, Barr Naboth Onyesoh said the Board recognizes the power of collaboration and the impetus it generates for the attainment of its mandate and that is why Compliance and Enforcement is one of the five pillars of the Board’s 10-year Strategic Roadmap, formulated to drive Nigerian content growth to 70 percent by 2027.

He remarked that “collaboration and stakeholder engagement was also identified in the same 10-year Roadmap as one of the four enablers to attain the 70 percent Nigerian Content growth target.”


He maintained that since the oil and gas industry serves as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, all stakeholders of the industry should support the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act to ensure that Nigeria derives maximum value from the oil and gas industry while it is still relevant in the global energy mix.


The workshop featured several presentations and panel discussions from representatives of the invited agencies and legal luminaries who proposed various strategies for improving enforcement and compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.

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Senator Tokunbo Abiru Empowers 1,250 Market Women With Grants Worth N62.5M , Supports Rural Farmers ;Unveils Stadium, Market

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residents of the ancient city of Epe defied torrential rains to welcome their federal lawmaker, the #DoingGood Senator, Tokunbo Abiru, the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District and the governor , Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the commissioning of projects facilitated by Senator Abiru.

Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a 960-capacity mini-Stadium , which include; Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities;

The governor also commissioned the remodelled popular Oluwo Fish market which now comprises 240 open stalls, 82 lock up stalls, 5 open floors, 12 toilets and 4 new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post.

The projects were done by the Presidency through the office of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

Abiru also doled out grants worth 62.5m to 1,250 selected market women and traders across the senatorial district and also supported about 200 rural farmers with hand planters and financial grants.

Senator Abiru in his speech said he was passionate about improving the socio-economic conditions of his constituents adding that he will not relent in his quest to ensure there is greater good to the larger.

In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu said, “Over the last 18 months, Senator Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law-making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment.

“Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Office of the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), occupied an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire”.

Princess Orelope-Adefulire applauded Senator Abiru for making women empowerment as a cardinal focus of his activities, she noted that such action is crucial for social integration and inclusiveness.

She said the Office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the Lagos East Senatorial district.

A novelty football match was played on the pitch between Tokunbo Abiru Football Club and Epe Alaro United. The match ended in a penalty.

Dignitaries who graced the well attended commissioning/ empowerment include; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Former Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, GAC member, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun,Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu Lagos APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, serving commissioners federal and state legislators among others.

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