Sophia Ogezi

Sophia Ogezi

Occupation: Broadcasting, Presentation,programming, Packaging of documentary and more. 

Hobbies: Traveling, Experience on the job:2000 till date and the experience has been rewarding and highly impact full.

Schools attended: Federal Polytechnic Kaduna, (KadPoly). 

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, has called for a robust image management programme to sell Nigeria's story to the world. Aganga made the call at the 15th Meeting of the Honorary International Investors Council, which opened in London on Thursday. The council comprises prominent investors from around the world who advise the Nigerian government on matters pertaining to the country's economic development. The council's goals include reducing political corruption, helping Nigeria to become Africa's biggest oil producer, attracting investment in the country from the private sector and from foreign countries and making it more competitive in the global economy. The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the meeting, which held behind closed doors, learned that that the meeting would also look at issues bordering on the nation's investment landscape in the past six months.

Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

The New FCTA’s Transport Policy

The Transport Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, plans to introduce new transportation policy for the territory from January 14, 2013.This is not the first time the transport secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, is planning to introduce a transport policy in the territory. Previous attempts have not succeeded, yet the authorities could not provide the necessary facilities to make it work. For instance, the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, early this year failed because there were not dedicated routes for the buses, as is the case in Lagos State. Early next year, the transport secretariat is planning to phase off unlicensed commercial cabs and buses within the city centre. In their place, high capacity buses to be managed by licensed operators will provide transport services to residents of the territory. The new policy,

For some time now there has been strife between National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), the inland waterways regulatory organ of the Federal Ministry of Transport, and the Lagos State government over regulation and building of water transport infrastructure in Lagos. Just few months back, NIWA threatened to institute a legal action against the Lagos State government over alleged encroachment on a parcel of land on the Lekki Phase 1 Housing Scheme near Banana Island, which the authority claimed ownership of. The Act that set up NIWA stipulates that anybody, including states and private bodies, must get due approval from the authority before going ahead to build any form of jetty or bridge that would aid water transportation. According to the Act, even state governments also lack the independent power to develop their own internal waterways infrastructure

Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:00

Imoke flags off Carnival Calabar

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River has flagged off the 2013 Carnival Calabar at Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort with the promise that this year’s edition will be bigger and better. The Calabar Festival began in 2000 as a Christmas celebration for residents of Cross River, while its carnival component was introduced in 2005. Calabar festival is easily the largest event of its kind and its carnival component acclaimed as Africa’s Biggest Street Party with no less than 500,000 visitors and 50,000 costumed revelers. Imoke, who was speaking at the press conference to flag-off the event, said that this year’s carnival with the theme “Ain’t no stopping us’’ would be bigger and better than other editions. Imoke told participants, including Nollywood stars and major corporate sponsors, at the conference that Nigerians and the global community were duly invited to “Africa’s Biggest Street Party’’.He said that the 32-day festival would kick-off on Nov. 30 with a tree lighting ceremony, building up to its climax on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27. He explained that the line-up of events had been informed by audience feedback and a desire to further increase the reach and range of the event. “ Calabar Festival 2013 will be fresher, greener and most importantly meet the

SUB Saharan Africa’s tourism industry is set to spur more economic growth for the continent and directly employ 6.7 million people by 2021, according to a new World Bank report released recently.  The report, Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods, says that tourism accounted directly or indirectly for one in every 20 jobs in Sub Saharan Africa in 2011, and is one of the few industries on the continent in which women are well represented as employees and managers. Sub Saharan Africa is outpacing other regions in tourism growth. The report examines the potential of African countries to improve and expand their tourism sector, and suggests that 33 of Sub Saharan Africa’s 48 countries currently have the capacity for tourism success through establishing strong political support for developing the industry and attracting increased private investment to help finance and sustain it. The report cites successful examples of countries including Cape Verde, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa,

Tanzania and others, who have simplified their tourism policies, liberalized air transport and diversified tourism while protecting their communities and environments, which created a positive investment climate for tourism development.

Q:Sir, how prepared is ABUCCIMA for this year’s Abuja International trade fair?

We have been working round the clock to ensure that we have a very good fair this year and as far as the preparation goes, unlike previous years when we were making exhibitors construct temporary wooden stands, this year we have placed orders for purchase of exotic exhibition tents from China, together with 156 shell skins and then some other smaller exhibition tents.

Aside from that, our marketing team is embarking on very vigourous marketing of the fair. We have sent out invitations for participation to various state governments, cooperate organisations, individuals and various embassies within the country and so far we are receiving responses fromprospective participants. Some of them are from Taiwan, China, India, Germany, Turkey, Ghana, Senegal, Parkistan and many West African Countries. The responses have been very encouraging and this year we are very sure that it will be a full outing.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

NAMA To Crackdown on Private Jet Owners

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said it has implemented measures to checkmate the activities of private jet owners who use their jets for commercial purposes. According to statistics from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the federal government loses about $15 billion annually to private jet owners who operate commercial charter operations with their aeroplanes. Managing Director of NAMA, Engineer Nnamdi Udoh, in an interview in Lagos said the agency monitors the operations of private jet owners by insisting that they must submit a manifest for all their operations. “That is why we are asking people to submit manifest. Anyone who owns a private jet and flies 20 times in a week, where is he going to? Even if he is a business man it still does not explain that high number of flights. So we must check the statistics, check the movements of the aircraft”, he said. The NAMA boss also spoke on its efforts to ensure that airfield lighting systems are functional in all Nigeria’s airports. He said since the agency was handed over that responsibility it has done well to ensure that the system is functional in most airports.His words, “Government transferred the responsibility to us just about a year ago.

Nigeria and Singapore have sealed talks on opening up direct air links between both countries and leveraging on each other's competitive and comparative advantage for a mutually beneficial trade and investment relationship. The two countries, according to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday have agreed to collaborate in the areas of medical tourism, capacity development, skills acquisition and enterprise development, among others, while putting machineries in motion for investment guarantee and a fair taxation regime. "The agreements were reached at a meeting between the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, and the Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr S. Iswaran, on the sidelines of the Nigeria-Singapore Business and Investment Forum in Singapore," the statement said, adding, "Aganga said direct air services (links) between Nigeria and Singapore would provide a good foundation for unrestricted business movement and growth, in addition to a mutually favourable trade and investment relationship between both countries. "On his part, the Singaporean minister said, "Once we open up the links, the people will follow and businesses too. Nigeria is a large country in its region and there are a lot of opportunities. Singapore is also an important gateway in this region. If we explore these

The Federal Government has approved the designation of Emirates Airlines to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The confirmation of this approval was made by the Media Coordinator of aviation agencies, Yakubu Dati.With this approval, Emirates will join Turkish Airlines, which was recently approved to fly to Kano Airport. The two airlines join others like Middle East Airlines and Egypt Air to airlift passengers from the ancient city. Dati, however, said though the Federal Government had given approval for the airlines to fly to Kano, Emirates would have to determine when it would start the service based on its own logistics. Dati said: “You can contact Emirates for confirmation. It has been designated to fly to Kano and Abuja, so the delay in starting the routes is not that of the government. “There are issues which the airline must have to consider, which include safety, security and profitability of the route, among others.”




Nigeria and the State of Israel in Jerusalem on Monday signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to pave way for direct flights between them.The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, representing President Goodluck Jonathan, signed the agreement on behalf of the country. The agreement is expected to pave way for direct flights between both countries on the principle of reciprocity by the designated airlines of both countries. Before now, Nigerians travelling to Israel, including Christian pilgrims, stopped over in neighbouring countries before being finally transported to their destination. The Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister noted that the agreement will also make enormous impact in the areas of trade and investment, agriculture, construction, tourism, security, capacity building as well as boost the volume of trade between Nigeria and the state of Israel. The BASA agreement will facilitate direct flight from Nigeria to Israel and vice versa. Mr. Zeev Elkin, who signed on behalf of the State of Israel, noted that the visit of President

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