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UK To Sign Trade Deal Enabling British Lawyers Practise In Nigeria

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The United Kingdom will today, February 13, sign a deal with Nigeria to boost trade, investment and unlock new opportunities in various sectors.

This was disclosed in a statement by the UK’s department of Business and Trade on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Kemi Badenoch, UK’s business and trade secretary, and Doris Uzoka Anitie, minister for trade and investment in Nigeria, will be signing the deal today.

The statement explained that the Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) is the first the UK has signed with an African country, and is designed to grow the UK and Nigeria’s already thriving trading relationship, which totalled £7 billion in 2023.

This new deal is also expected to eliminate barriers in the legal services and film industry by allowing UK lawyers to practise international law in Nigeria, and foster collaboration between the film and media industry in both countries.

“It will see Nigeria commit to working towards removing barriers preventing UK lawyers from practising international and foreign law in Nigeria, a step that could significantly increase UK legal services exports,” the statement reads.

“It will also pave the way for further collaboration in the film and media industry and encourage world-leading UK education providers to offer high quality education in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, predicted to be in the top 20 by GDP by 2035.

“It is also predicted by the UN to nearly double its population to over 370 million people by 2050.”

Badenoch expressed her enthusiasm for the ETIP, highlighting its potential to unleash a wave of exciting opportunities for both countries.

“This partnership with Nigeria, the UK’s first such agreement with an African country, will allow us to work together and seize the opportunities that lie ahead,” she said.

“Nigeria has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. UK businesses have already seen huge success here and I look forward to seeing how we continue to grow this relationship.”

Echoing her optimism, Uzoka-Anitie hailed the new partnership as a bridge to economic progress.

She underscored the agreement’s potential to transform historic ties into a thriving trade partnership, bolstered by increased market access and mutually beneficial exchanges between the UK and Nigeria.

“The UK is one of our long-standing strategic partners with whom we share strong ties, and it gladdens me that this relationship is set to deepen as we sign the Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement,” Uzoka-Anitie said.

“This partnership will see Nigeria-UK relations move beyond one of shared history and strong ties to one of shared economic prosperity.

“From increasing market access and supporting our vibrant businesses, to creating more jobs and accelerate greater investments in sectors of mutual interests.”

The statement noted that while in Nigeria, Badenoch will be visiting the site of a new Charterhouse school, the first UK independent school in West Africa, and meeting with the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Nigerian finance minister, to unlock trade barriers confronting UK businesses.

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Olori Omo Oba Hit 67 And Still Waxing Stronger By Seun Oloketuyi

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Alhaji Wasiu Omo Gbolahan Olasunkami Adewale Ayinde is a man of destiny, focused and passionate about what he wants.

Or, what do you call a man, who rose from the streets of Isale Eko chasing his dreams to be a musician highly insipired by Islamic beliefs before trying out as an actor and then going back fully to Fuji, a genre of music that has blessed him and vice-versa.

Over the years, the princely singer from the Fidipote family has remained focused with his eyes firm on the crystal balls.

Despite his royal status, the Ijebu people, humanity, building bridges and indeed the entertainment industry have been the better for it as he remains one of the biggest act from Africa as at today.

KWAM 1 or K1- de Ultimate as many love to call him, loves his root – the Yoruba people – and undoubtedly, he loves his Ijebu root more and that’s why he has moved back home for about a decade.

Since moving back to Ijebu, he has established businesses and continues helping the development of the land.

Little wonder, the Awujale of Ijebuland, the highly respected Monarch, sees KWAM 1’s efforts and contribution to the growth of the revered Ijebuland and decided to reward him by bestowing upon him the important title of Olori Omo Oba – a position formerly occupied by banking doyen Otunba Subomi Balogun until his demise.

Alhaji Wasiu is 67 today in good health and we pray his tenure is peaceful and brings progress.

Long May you live Olori Omo Oba

Long May you live Awujale

Long May Ijebu prosper

 

Seun Oloketuyi is the Producer of Awujale Biopic

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BREAKING: Veteran Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu Dies At 62

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Nollywood veteran actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu is dead.

It was gathered that the Nollywood Legend who was amputated in both legs last year reportedly passed away on Saturday evening at Evercare Hospital.

Recall that there had been speculations about his demise following his absence from limelight for over three years before the news of him being bedridden went viral.

Mr Ibu, in 2019, alleged that his kinsmen paid some of his domestic workers to poison him because of his successful career.

In May 2022, the comic actor again alleged that he was poisoned for the third time.

 

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Environment Commissioner Tokunbo Wahab Urges Citizens To Take Responsibility For Cleaner Lagos

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In his quest of promoting a cleaner and greener Lagos, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has issued a set of directives aimed at curbing environmental degradation in the state.

With a post on his official X (formerly known as Twitter) account, Wahab outlined five key actions for residents to adhere to, emphasizing the collective responsibility for a cleaner environment.

Firstly, Wahab urged motorists not to litter roads by throwing dirt from their vehicles. He emphasized the importance of keeping roads clean and free from debris, which not only improves aesthetics but also prevents environmental pollution.

Additionally, he discouraged the habit of dropping waste by the roadside or on medians, stressing the need for proper waste disposal methods. Wahab highlighted the adverse effects of littering on public health and the environment, urging citizens to use designated waste bins.

Furthermore, Wahab emphasized the importance of keeping drains and gutters free from trash, as clogged drainage systems contribute to flooding and water pollution. He called on residents to refrain from dumping waste in these channels, which are crucial for water flow during heavy rainfall.

In a move to enhance pedestrian safety and traffic flow, Wahab reminded residents to utilize pedestrian bridges when crossing major roads. This measure aims to reduce accidents and streamline traffic, contributing to overall road safety.

Lastly, Wahab urged citizens to report any environmental issues or infractions to the appropriate authorities promptly. By reporting problems such as illegal dumping, pollution, or blocked drains, residents can play an active role in maintaining a clean and sustainable environment.

The campaign, tagged #CleanerLagos #GreenerLagos, emphasizes individual responsibility in achieving a cleaner and more environmentally friendly city. Wahab’s call to action underscores the importance of collective efforts in preserving Lagos’ natural beauty and ensuring a healthier future for all residents.

 

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