The Obamas Get Over $60m Deal for Memoirs

Penguin Random House has landed a deal to publish two forthcoming memoirs by former U.S. President Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, with one volume to be written by each, the publishing company said on Tuesday.

Terms of the agreement, in which Penguin Random House acquired worldwide publication rights for the two books, were not disclosed, but Financial Times said the Obamas may have set a record deal in excess of $60million.

Entrepreneurship: Group applaud Tony Elumelu Foundation

A group of young Nigerian entrepreneurs have commended the contributions of the Tony Elumelu Foundation in encouraging and supporting budding entrepreneurs to grow into big enterprises with positive impact on the economy.

The group led by Chairman of Stanel Group, Mr Stanley Uzochukwu, made the commendation during a courtesy visit to Dr Tony Elumelu, the chairman of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Lagos Govt Approves Funding for MSMEs

The Lagos State Government says it has so far approved funds for 281 micro-enterprises, of which 150 have received offer letters under the pilot scheme of its Employment Trust Fund (ETF).

Mr Akintunde Oyebode, the Executive Secretary of the ETF, made the remark on Friday in Lagos, at the presentation of offer letters to some of the beneficiaries.

According to Oyebode, the pilot scheme of the ETF seeks to support 1,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Experts want Proper use of Tourism Funds

Stakeholders in the tourism sector have urged the Federal Government to ensure that allocations meant for the tourism sector in the 2017 budget proposal were properly utilized when eventually passed into law.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that this would afford the sector to fulfill its mandate of contributing to the country’s internally generated revenue (IGR).

It would also assist the Federal Government to achieve its paradigm shift of diversifying its income generation from the oil sector to other sectors.

SMEs Get ₦310b Financing from BoI

The Bank of Industry (BoI) says its N310 billion five-year financing programme for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will fast track expansion of the sector.

Mr Waheed Olagunju, the Acting Managing Director of BoI, said this while delivering a lecture entitled: “SMEs as a catalyst for sustained economic growth in Nigeria” on Wednesday in Lagos.

The lecture was organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN).

SMEDAN, ITF Partner on Youth Training

The Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Umaru,  said it is collaborating with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Bank of Industry to provide entrepreneurship and vocational skills for the youths.

Umaru made the disclosure in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, at the graduation ceremony of trainees of the first batch of the 2016 National industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).

BoI Disburses ₦37b in 9 Months

The Head, SME Group, Bank of Industry (BoI), Adetokunbo Akinsola, said the bank disbursed N36.82 billion as loans in its Large Enterprise Directorate between January and September.

Akinsola, represented by Mr Obaro Osa, gave the figure during the bank’s SME Forum held at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair.

“BoI is positioned to deepen finance to small and large enterprises for the expansion of productivity and job creation in the industrial sector.

Minister Charges Women on FG’s Loan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has called on women in Gombe State to key in to the National Women Empowerment Fund and benefit from the N1.6 billion interest free loan.

The minister gave the advice at the Town Hall meeting on the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEP) and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmes (GEEP) in Gombe on Monday.

She said that both NAWEP and GEEP were financial inclusion and micro-credit programmes, aimed at increasing financial access for women with a view to reducing poverty in the country.

YEDP: Stimulus for Job Creation, Growth And Economic Development

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele has said that the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP) has the potential of becoming the stimulus for job and wealth creation, growth and economic development through improved access to finance by young entrepreneurs.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele made the statement while welcoming guests to the commencement of loan disbursements to Nigerian youths under the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP) launched by the Bank on March 15, 2016.

Nigeria Eyes Creative Economy with MoU

The MoU between the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will help to re-position the creative industries in Nigeria, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said.

Speaking at a ceremony for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry and the Foundation in Lagos on Tuesday, the Minister expressed the strong belief that the collaboration will be the much-needed catalyst to transform the country’s Creative Industries to a Creative Economy.