NAICOM to introduce revised insurance distribution policy

The National Insurance Commission will soon introduce a revised insurance distribution channel, which will replace the State Insurance Policy that was cancelled. The new policy may involve the issuing of new distribution licences to non-insurance bodies, who would be able to sell insurance to every part of the country, according to information obtained from the…

ECOWAS adopts global certification benchmark for products

The European Union and the ECOWAS Commission have developed standards for the certification of some major products to boost the level of international trade. The five priority products selected by the member states are water, cashew nuts, vegetable oil, cement and fish. The certification programme, funded by the EU, is being implemented by the United…

Foreign investment into Nigeria drops by 43% – UN report

Foreign direct investment in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, plunged by 43 per cent to $2bn, according to a United Nations report. Reuters reported recently that investors were put off by a dispute between the government and South African telecom giant MTN over repatriated profits. Banks HSBC and UBS both closed representative offices there in…

Industrial zones in 10 states record impressive Q1 performance

Industrial zones in 10 states of the federation recorded impressive performance and showed strong growth potential in the first quarter of the year, according to data from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. The states were listed as Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Rivers, Kwara, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun and Kano. The zones that recorded above average performance…