Nestle Maggi Chicken

From Benjamin a ameh, Lagos

Nestlé’s category business manager (Culinary), Guy Kellaway has said that the new Maggi Chicken has good aroma, colour, taste and flavour, saying the brand is available in cube and tablet formats for family consumption while in large 800g powder for caterers and restaurants.

“Maggi is all about innovation, constantly pleasing consumers, always one-step ahead of the game. We are very excited; it’s a new renovated cube, it provides the best colour, aroma and taste to all of your dishes. We encourage everyone to try it. Maggi is available in cube and tablet formats; it is already available for caterers and restaurants in large 800g powder format,” according to Kellaway.

Kellaway said this recently in Lagos at the launch of the new brand, where hundreds of consumers were treated to a wide array of local and continental cuisines garnished with the new seasoning.

Nigerian media personality who just got an endorsement deal with the brand, Toke Makinwa and comedian Bovi, added glitz and glamour to the event with their rib-cracking jokes and interaction with the guests.

Speaking with the press about what informed the decision to re-launch the brand, Emeka Nwodo, brand manager for Maggi, stated: “Maggi is the original seasoning and clearly the number one; we have high level of trust and that means that we are always bringing the best product into the market. Maggi Star cube, which is the original cube, is totally unique; made of fermented soya beans, iodine salt, fortified with iron, best colour and aroma of all chicken seasonings.”

The brand, which has been targeting young and old women for many years, has not relented in its efforts in acquiring new and old conservatives. In other strategic efforts, Maggi is also appealing to the low rung of the seasoning market.

This was why popular restaurants like Ghana High and White House had a corner at the event to give guests wet-tasting experience of local and continental dishes, prepared with Maggi. Meanwhile, the company has stated that the launch of the new product will commence with activations that will hold at major markets in Lagos. Among other places, the company has indicated that the activations will hold at; Ojuwoye and Mile 12, Agege and Ikotun. Activities include flash mob presentations, shopper promotions and cooking competitions in the MAGGI pop-up kitchens are said to have been put in place to support the experiential marketing


 From Benjamin a ameh, Lagos

For the first time in shipping industry in Nigeria, an industry watcher has calls for shipping investors, importers, exporters and other stakeholders in the sector to converge and have jawjaw on the pricing system at Nigerian ports in order to ensure equity and fairness after about eight years of the nation’s ports were leased to private operators in various concession arrangements.

The platform, which takes the form of a summit is being organised by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), a 25 year body, which will have the transport minister, Sen Idris Umar, as lead speaker at the event, which comes barely two months after the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) was appointed the commercial regulator of the ports by the federal government.

Other leading speakers expected at the event include the senior special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on maritime, Mr Leke Oyewole, heads of maritime agencies, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, and the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi.

The summit themed: “Pre-Requisites for a Fair Port Pricing Regime: Shippers Perspective,” is expected to hold on May 5 at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos.

The Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Kayode Atofolaki, lists the summit participants to including: seaport and off dock terminal operators, freight forwarding associations, shipping companies, Nigeria Customs Service, importers and exporters.

Others are the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

Atofolaki uncovered the important of the summit as key that affords stakeholders an opportunity to brainstorm and bring to fore the various challenges in the port system so as to assist the Shippers Council in its new additional mandate.

“With the new development, the time is ripe to appraise the competitiveness of Nigerian ports and what measures or structures should be established to ensure a fair and equitable port pricing system.” he said.



From Benjamin a ameh, Lagos

Once again, barely 10 months after an earlier seizure of 56,750 rounds of live cartridges by the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), again, had on Monday announced another significant seizure of 30,000 pieces of ammunition packed in 20 cartons.

The latest seizure was made possible through the effort of one of the anti-smuggling teams of the command.

The seizure, coming a few months to the 2015 general election, according to the Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Richard Oteri, was commendable against the heightened insecurity in the country.

Oteri who spoke at a press briefing said the ammunition was concealed under tubers of yam and yam flour in a rickety white Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number Kwara XC 286 SHA.

The live cartridges which were intercepted early Monday morning along Saki-Ago-Are axis of Oyo State, in Oke-Ogun upper area of the state, might have found its way into the state through the border of the neighbouring Benin Republic, carefully concealed in the bus.
The driver of the bus, Abdulrahman Adegoke, 45, who was arrested on the spot, denied ownership of the live cartridges, saying he was only hired to transport the goods to Ibadan.

The Comptroller lamented that the seizure made by the team led by S.C. Okoli was at the same axis of the state, where last year’s seizure was made. He declared that his command would not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminally-minded people.
According to Oteri, “Our command is poised and passionate about building on the success recorded in the past years and this monumental seizure is commendable to say the least, against the backdrop of the heightened insecurity in the country.

“Nigerians who engage in smuggling of unwholesome goods are to note that we are more determined now than ever to make Oyo/Osun command an uncomfortable place for their nefarious activities, while promising trade facilitation to all legitimate businessmen and women in the area.

We will continue to partner with other security agencies to make the area and indeed the country at large a safe place to dwell,” he said.

Adegoke, despite his denial of ownership of the live cartridges, and that he was only hired to transport the goods to Ibadan, was later handed over to the Nigeria Police along with the smuggled items.

On receiving the suspect and the items, the State deputy Commissioner of Police, Musa Kawo, who commended the customs for the feat, promised that the matter would be investigated and the culprits brought to book.

The Area Controller, Seme Command, Comptroller Willy Egbudin

From Benjamin a ameh, lagos

Seme command of the Nigerian Customs  Service (NCS), during their daily checking last week, impounded about 800 bags of rice which was carefully stashed in a truck loaded with pineapples.
The Area Controller, Seme Command, Comptroller Willy Egbudin said, the 800 bags of rice were hidden under a vehicle with Benin Republic registration number.
Egbudin further said the truck was intercepted at Aradagun/Mowo, near Badagry, Lagos State at midnight on February 18, 2014, adding that “These seizures were made due to intelligence gathering with the help of our officers”.
The CAC pointed out that “Our men had monitored the truck right from the loading point and allowed it to enter Nigeria at Aradagun/Mowo near Badagry where the bags of rice were hidden under pineapples”.
Already, according to Egbudin, the driver of the truck confessed that few days before his arrest, he tried a similar operation but was not successful.
“He confessed that he loaded a locally constructed vehicle with about 40 bags of rice and covered it with pineapples to experiment to see if he would outsmart the security agencies napping.
“The car and goods were impounded but he was able to escape,” Egbudin added.
In the same view, the command had made a seizure of rice, boat with outboard engine and vehicles for conveyance valued at N7.5million

NIWA boss

 From Benjamin a ameh, lagos

In other to enhance water transportation, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has concluded plans to launch a Code for the regulation of inland waters in the country.
Meanwhile, to speed up this process, the federal government through NIWA has commissioned an Indian firm, Messrs Green Stratus Consulting as Transaction Adviser for the concessioning of Onitsha and other River Ports.
Managing Director, NIWA, Mrs. Inna Ciroma said that the Code is long overdue while speaking at the just-concluded 2014 stakeholders’ Conference on the economic use of the Onitsha River Port.
 Ciroma pointed out that the Code will also serve as a guide, law on the use of the waterways for operators.
 She explained that the need to regulate the use of the nation’s waterways cannot be overemphasised considering the security challenges that have been facing the nation in recent times.
 Stakeholders in a comminique issued at the end of the forum urged the Federal Government to come up with legal and administrative framework that will help bring to light the enabling environment that will encourage businesses to thrive at the Onitsha River Port.
The conference also adopted the following resolutions:
Commended the federal government for the huge investment on the dredging of the Lower River Niger and the successful completion of the Onitsha River port to facilitate inter-modal transport system for evacuation of both cargoes and passengers in view of the economic advantages; urged the federal government to guarantee safety through an effective round-the-clock patrol by joint Military Personnel and application of other safety measures to safeguard lives and property;
The stakeholders call on the federal government to come up with legal and administrative frame work that will help bring to light the enabling environment that will encourage businesses to thrive at the Onitsha River Port.
They also admonished the Federal Government to hasten the setting-up of the administrative delivery team with members drawn from various related organisations for the quick take-off of operations at the River Port;
while stress out the importance of synergy between the federal government and the Private Sector under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that encourage re-doubling of efforts at concessioning of the River Port.
Furthermore, they emphasised the need for constant upgrading of Maritime and Port infrastructure to enable the investors take optimal advantage of Anambra State’s expansive coastline in areas of shipbuilding, Dockyard Operations, Metal fabrication, dock labour, warehousing and recycling plants, among others.
Also urges the federal government to be consistent in updating transport Policies to facilitate long term planning and sustainable economic returns for the investors;
They commended some investors that have blazed the trail in transporting their cargoes through the inland waterways and urged them to sustain that choice

While stress out the importance of moving goods and services through the inland waterways which will help to decongest traffic on road and give added benefits in terms of cost and safety.
The event was attended by the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Nebolisa Emordi, an engineer, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Emeka Sebondo, among others.


Seme Customs Command, Area Comptroller, Mr Willy Egbudin,                                                         

From Benjamin a ameh, Lagos

Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service NCS,Area Comptroller, Mr Willy Egbudin, last weekend, said that the command had seized 700 cartons of prohibited poultry products valued at N6.3 million.
Egbudin disclosed this to newsmen at command base in Badagry, Lagos State while disclosing the content of the seizure products includes chicken, turkey, gizzard and sausage rolls.
The comptroller further revealed that the poultry products were concealed at the basement of a truck.
He stated how they were able to seize the goods “We were able to seize the illegal goods by deploying ourselves to strategic points and also working on intelligence reports from the security agencies”.
The seizures were made at Mowo, while the truck was in transit as the illegal products were concealed in the basement of a truck and furniture was used in covering it,Egbudin said.

He however disclosed that no suspect was arrested during the operation added that the command would not tolerate any form of smuggling and would arrest those who try to violate the law through the importation of contraband.
The Comptroller said that the products would be destroyed because they are perishable, urging Nigerians not to invest in wasteful ventures