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Tingo Foods Processing Facility On Course, Set For Completion In 24 Months



By Michael Effiong


Contrary to malicious stories making the rounds, Tingo Food Processing Facility, located in Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State is on course and its construction will be completed in the next 24 months.


Mr Tunji Rhema Moyero, CEO, Standites Nigeria Limited, Project Contractor taking the team on a tour of the facility


This was made known to foreign and Nigerian media practitioners by Dr. Chris Clerverly, President of Tingo Inc and Tingo Foods during a tour of the facilities last week, where he noted that he was proud of the significant progress made at the site since the ground breaking ceremony on February, 9, 2023.



Praising the vision and ingenuity of Tingo Group Founder, Dozy Mmobuosi, Cleverly stated “ I am really excited to be here. These ideas just begin on paper as developed by our Group Chairman but when you actually see it begin to come up in reality, it makes you happy especially because this is a project that will give real work to real people.

From 2nd left:  Mr Bassey Unaowo, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Yinusa Halidu, National Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr Chis Clerverly, President Tingo Inc & Tingo Foods, HRH Baki Dakwo, Ebuwa Martins Agbonwataen, CEO, Tingo Media & Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, Mr Tunji Moyero & Others

Dr Cleverly who led a team of Tingo executives stated further “The project is going to be useful to many people here in this local community and also to our farmers as we would be able to bring their produce here and add value. Instead of exporting, or their crops perishing due to logistical issues, all of a sudden, they have a place where they can sell their goods at very good rate.


“A lot of money goes out of this country because people import stuff that were actually produced here. And so if we can it, box it and package it, we can sell it outside this country and earn foreign exchange instead and create a whole value chain.

Editor, Ovation International Magazine, Mr Michael Effiong James with HRM Obi Victor Chukwumalieze 1, Agbogidi of Onicha Ugbo and Diokpa Umu Ezechime Kingdom.


“Indeed, we are super excited about the future prospects of this facility. What I have seeing here is evidence of what Nigeria does when they work together.


“For the community, first you can see people working here, they will majorly be from here and for the farmers around here, they will be able to bring their produce here too. And then, once we have done the value add, they will also be the consumers of what we produce. So the goal is to feed them through giving them work and providing a market to buy their produce. In At “ At Tingo Foods, it is our believe that Nigeria can feed itself, Nigeria can feed Africa and Africa can feed the world. I am super proud of this project”.


Also speaking Nema Singh, CEO, Tingo Foods, noted “Where we are standing today is the future industrial park of Delta State. Our vision is to process world class products that come out of the Nigerian soil and take African gastronomy to the global market.


“I believe Nigeria is on the trajectory of growth and it is high time, the Nigeria consumers can own a brand that they can truly call their own. This will be a truly home-grown brand of products that will be available globally. I know it is a big vision and I have faith in this vision and I am looking forward to this journey.

The Team during a coutesy call to HRM Obi Victor Chukwumalieze 1, Agbogidi of Onicha Ugbo and Diokpa Umu Ezechime Kingdom.

The facility tour proper was conducted by Project Contractor, Mr. Tunji Rhema Moyero, MD/ CEO of Standites Nigeria Limited.

He revealed that there was an initial hitch in the pace of work because of the boundary dispute between Onicha-Ugbo and the neigbouring community. He stated that now that their differences have been resolved, there will not be any hindrance as his company is committed to work daily till completion date.

With the 3D emblazoned on the massive fence of the facility, he revealed “ This project will last for 24 months including plumbing and electrical works.




He continued “ This is the Administrative Block and this is how it will look like and like I said earlier, we will deliver it in 24 months.


“This is the aerial view of the proposed factory as you can see, this is the rice mill factory, we also have the cereal factory and these are the silos too. We have the clinic of course and we will have a guest house for our visitors and those that may not be able to go back.


“As we know here in Delta State, we have plenty palm tree plantations. So we have plans for a Vegetable oil and margarine factory. There will also be the noodles and spaghetti factory.




“We will also be having a cashew processing factory. There is a rich supply of cashew in the South West and North Central so this is a very good location to site such a factory. We will also be having a plant for tea and coffee.


“ There will also be a water bottling factory within this processing facility. Of course, this is how our warehouse will look like for storage of finished goods and agricultural produce. Then there is the general warehouse.


That is not all, Tingo Foods Processing Facility will also have a chocolate and biscuit factory. You will also have canteen and imposing Admin Block which is the first building that we would put up. In the next two months that will be up as we are prefabricating some of the materials.


“ We have our truck parking lot and power station, and of course, this is greenfield facility and we have our waste management area here too. The facility will be eco-friendly with a solar power too.


“ I must add that there is a Phase Two. The Phase One covers a land mass of 18.9 hectares, while Phase Two will cover 22.1 hectares. Together, this facility will be sitting on 40 hectares. When you come back here in about two months, you will see a different facility as some of structures would by then be in place.


He revealed that seven tractors are working on site while 104 workers are currently working in such sections as masonry, carpentry, excavation, welding and fabrication and others.


Mr Moyero stated that the work force will grow even higher as the project progresses, while adding that majority of the workers are Nigerians from the immediate community and beyond.


Also speaking, Dr. Yinusa Halidu, National Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) said that he was excited about the Tingo Foods Processing Facility because it portends a bright future for Nigerian farmers.


“Our members who are farmers will reap the benefits. I am really amazed at the pace of work that has gone on here.


“The last time we were here was at the groundbreaking and the whole place looked like a jungle, now you can see progress. I knew there were hitches between the communities, I never knew the matter had been resolved and work has gone so fast to my greatest surprise.


“Presently, the relationship between Tingo and AFAN has gone far to the extent that Tingo has started funding our production line, so whatever we produce, we will push them to this processing plant instead of sending it abroad to be processed and brought back to Nigeria.


“This project will have very big impact and we are eagerly awaiting its completion because we know the advantage it will have on our businesses, and the fact that our products will have added value is good news for us”


On his part, Mr. Bassey Unaowo, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture stated that the Federal Government is ready to work with development partners like African Development Bank (AfDB), others to assist companies especially in the area of infrastructure like roads, electricity and security.


“I want to suggest to this plant to also have a one-stop shop that will include all the regulatory agencies that will regulate the quality of the products that will be made here so that they will not problems.


“They will be able to get the requisite certification even for export. The Federal government will assist but the company has to set up the structure.


“I am very happy to see the project gradually come alive. I was here few months ago with the Honourable Minister for the ground breaking ceremony and I am happy that construction is already taking place.


“It is my hope that construction will soon finish in the time they have said and production will commence in earnest. We in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture are happy that this project is sited here, it is our hope that other investors will follow the footsteps of Tingo and build similar agro-based facilities, oil and gas is getting old, agriculture is the what is in vogue.


Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Edo State, HRH Baki Dokwo said members of the association are happy that there this kind of huge project is sited in Nigeria, that their farm produce will not be a waste any longer.


He noted that whatever agricultural produce the factory requires will be provided by farmers, who are getting ready to reap the benefits of the facility.


Earlier, before proceeding to the project site for the tour, the team had paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of the town, HRM Obi Victor Chukwumalieze 1, Agbogidi of Onicha Ugbo and Diokpa Umu Ezechime Kingdom.


His Majesty who received the team with his Council of Chief and some senior citizens thanked Tingo Food for its commitment to the project and promised that the palace and people will offer all the support needed to complete the project in the earliest possible time.


Apart from Dr. Cleverly, Other Tingo Executives on the tour were: Auwal Tahir Maude, CEO, Tingo Mobile Plc and Ebuwa Martins Agbonwaneten, , CEO, Tingo Media & Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation.


Tingo Foods is an upcoming food processing green field project in Nigeria, which is aimed at producing high quality, nutritious food products while encompassing environmental, social and economic considerations for the long-term viability and health of the planet, society and economy.












  • The Team during a coutesy call to HRM Obi Victor Chukwumalieze 1, Agbogidi of Onicha Ugbo and Diokpa Umu Ezechime Kingdom.

  • From 2nd left: Ebuwa Martins Agbonwataen, CEO, Tingo Media & Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, Mr Bassey Unaowo, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Yinusa Halidu, National Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr Chis Clerverly, President Tingo Inc & Tingo Foods & Others

  • Mr Tunji Rhema Moyero, CEO, Standites Nigeria Limited, Project Contractor taking the team on a tour of the facility

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National Day Schools Competition: Aijay Media Celebrates Nigeria’s Rich Heritage




The Aijay Media Annual National Day Schools Competition, held every October 1st, is set to hold this Tuesday.

The event, as always, is programmed to showcase the best of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, and traditions as well as celebrate the country’s national day, with varieties of competitions, which have grown in popularity over the years, attracting participation from schools all over Lagos State.

This year’s competition revolves around the “Theme: Nigeria Will be Great If …”, with different schools competing in various categories such as traditional dance, poetry, drama, and music. Students are to display their talents, creativity, and prowess in interpreting the theme.

The CEO of Aijay Media, Mrs. Ijeoma Oka, said that the competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents, celebrate their cultural identity and proffer their own solutions to the anomalies in our country.

The Competition is also an opportunity for schools to win prizes, including educational materials. This Last year’s competition saw many schools taking home prizes, with Tenderhands Montessori School, Lagos emerging as the overall winner.

Mrs. Abiola-Seriki Ayeni was the Special guest of honour at the previous year’s competition. Speaking at the event, she commended Aijay Media for organizing the competition and called on well-meaning Nigerians, government, and companies to support this vision. She also urged Nigerian youths to embrace their cultural heritage, promote national unity, and work harder.

Given the success this competition is expected to attract, it is expected that more schools and organizations will participate in the future.

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NLC, TUC Declare Indefinite Strike




The organised labour unions, comprising the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have declared an indefinite strike effective from October 3, 2023.

TUC President, Festus Osifo declared the strike at a joint press conference also attended by the President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ajaero, who spoke first, carpeted the Federal Government over what he described as lackadaisical stance to address demands raised by the unions since the subsidy removal policy took effect.

He accused the government of deliberate refusal to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue within the ambits of good faith during the 21 days ultimatum and the subsequent successful 2-day nationwide warning strike on the 5th and 6th of September 2023.

According to the NLC President, the National Executive Councils (NEC) of the NLC and TUC in their various meetings deeply analyzed the current situation in the country, taking into cognisance the extensive hardships and deprivation afflicting the citizens across all states of the federation.

He said both NECs unanimously condemned the government’s apparent conscious lethargy and tardiness in handling the consequences of its petrol price hike on Nigerians.

Ajaero also noted that the NLC and the TUC NEC-in-session observed that there is no disagreement between Labour and Government on the existence of massive suffering, impoverishment and hunger in the country as a result of the hike in the price of Petrol which demands an urgent need for remedial action.

He said the government totally abdicated its responsibility and had shown gross unwillingness to act, thereby abandoning Nigerian people and workers to excruciating poverty and affliction.

He went on to accuse the federal government of continuous grandstanding and forestalling all avenues to peaceful dialogue with organized labour on ways to save Nigerians from the huge hunger and suffering experienced across the nation.

“As a result of the unconscionable hike in the price of Petrol (PMS) by the Government, the Government has continued to demonstrate not just an unwillingness to mitigate the massive hardship in the country but also a complete lack of intention to take positive steps and empathy for the multi-dimensionally impoverished citizens of Nigeria.

“The federal Government has therefore not met in any substantial way, the demands of Nigerian workers and peoples as previously canvassed in our mutually agreed roadmap to salvaging the economy and protecting workers and Nigerians from the monumental hardship.

“The grace period given by the two labour centres has expired but trade unions continue to face severe threat from the State via the brutal and suppressive power of the Police and Government.

“The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) continues to be illegally occupied by the Government via the instrumentality of the police who have cloned the leadership of NURTW.

“The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) continues to be illegally occupied by the Lagos State government in total disregard to the Courts and the statutes.

“That the State has continued to blackmail and sponsor serious campaigns of calumny against trade union leaders in the social media using its buying and coercive powers instead of making efforts to lift the burden on the masses,” the NLC President stated.

When Osifo got hold of the microphone, he said, consequently, the NLC and TUC NEC-in-Session resolved as follows: “to, in the spirit of the Independence Day celebration and to demonstrate our resolve for a truly independent Nigeria to take our destinies in our own hands and rescue our nation

“To embark on an indefinite and total shutdown of the nation beginning on zero hours Tuesday, the 3rd day of October, 2023. To direct all workers in Nigeria to withdraw their services from their respective workplaces commencing from the 3rd of October.

“To direct all affiliates and state councils to immediately start mobilizing accordingly for action to organize street protests and rallies until Government responds positively to our demands.

“We enjoin all patriotic Nigerians to join hands across the nation to assist this government put the people back at the centre of its policies and programmes.”

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Nigerians Will Be Shocked If Chicago Varsity Releases Tinubu’s Academic Records – Obaseki




A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and member of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in the last election, Dr Don Pedro Obaseki, has said Nigerians will be shocked if the Chicago State University (CSU) releases the academic records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Obaseki who was the Director of Research and Documentation of PDP – PCC in the 2023 election explained that Atiku is seeking an open disclosure of Tinubu’s CSU documents because it is believed that the Supreme Court of Nigeria may be compelled to listen to fresh evidence in the petitions already submitted to it.

Speaking during a zoom conference hosted by Prof. Gold Emmanuel, a psychologist based in London, on Monday, Obaseki said it was because of the nature of the issue and the need for Nigerians to know that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is insisting on the full disclosure of President Tinubu’s academic records by the Chicago State University.

He said even though President Tinubu has said the public disclosure of his CSU documents would cause irreparable damage to him, “Nigerians would even be more shocked to know more about the certificate in question.”

He said, “Even when the court of first instance and the appellate court have convicted someone to death minutes before the Supreme Court gives its final judgement and there arose fresh and compelling facts and evidence, the apex court is bound to listen to the fresh facts before making its final judgement.

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