The newly appointed Commissioner for Kwara Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Abdulateef Alakawa, has charged workers of the ministry on innovative ideas.
This, he said, would further bring the impact of the various interventions of the present administration to the door step of the people.
Alakawa gave the task during his maiden meeting with the management staff of the ministry on Thursday in Ilorin.
The commissioner also sought the support of the staff in achieving the present administration’s noble vision towards realising the agricultural potentials of the state.
He assured them of an inclusive and open door policy that would allow noble ideas meant to better the ministry and the state’s economy at large.
Alakawa further enjoined the top management officials to explore all the areas of collaboration with other stakeholders that can be of benefit to the state government.
Earlier, while speaking on behalf of the management team, the Director of Personnel, Finance and Supply of the ministry, Alhaji Abdullahi Wahab, congratulated and assured the commissioner of their undiluted support and cooperation in his bid to transform the ministry to an enviable level.
Wahab prayed Allah to bestow the commissioner the wisdom to drive the ministry to an enviable height.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) says it will continue to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on the promotion of working environment for Nigerian manufacturing industries to thrive.
Mr Juwon Otelaja, the PSN Kwara State Chairman, said this on Thursday in Ilorin during a courtesy visit to the MAN secretariat.
He commended the body for championing the course and interest of manufacturers in Nigeria despite harsh working condition.
Otelaja added that PSN would continue to support and partner with MAN to ensure governments at all tiers promulgate policies geared towards survival of manufacturing industries in the country.
He stated that such moves by the Federal Government include ensuring that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) improves forex allocation on importation of raw materials, adding that high cost of forex had adversely affected manufacturers’ productivity and profitability.
The PSN chairman emphasised that the survival of manufacturers in Nigeria is crucial in creation of jobs and the development of the country as a whole, which calls for concerted efforts to ensure policies in their promotion are implemented.
Responding, Chief Bioku Rahmon, the Chairman of MAN Kwara and Kogi States branch, commended the PSN for the goodwill and partnership.
He also commended PSN on its efforts to ensure that the government implement best policies for businesses to thrive in the country.
He explained that the policy thrust of MAN is to have a focal point of communication and consultation between industry on the one hand, and the government and general public on the other.
According to him, the platform is for the private sector to formulate and articulate policy suggestions that would be complementary to government’s efforts at policy formulation.
Rahmon added that the challenges of manufacturers in the country was aggravated by infrastructural problem, including roads, power, water and unfavourable policies, among others.
He observed that government sometimes implement policies without imput of stakeholders involvement.
“This policies of ‘copy and paste’ of other countries policies may not necessarily work in our own country.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of wavers for the continuous existence of companies in some countries such as the U.
S, so that companies don’t sink.
“However, our government increase tarriffs during the COVID-19 pandemic which is unfavourable to manufacturers,” he said.
He explained further that it was during such time that South Africa and Egypt reduced their own tariffs to ensure survival of their manufacturing industries.
The MAN chairman appealed to the Federal Government to ensure survival of the manufacturing industries especially Medium Scale companies who can employ millions of Nigerians and reduce unemployment in the country.
Modella, a Level 2 housemate of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, season 7 has emerged winner of the Showmax challenge.
This was announced by Biggie, the Coordinator of the show upon completion of the challenge on Thursday.
Biggie further announced that Modella with the most outstanding performance would be rewarded with a mouthwatering prize which would be revealed soon.
Modella, the content creator in jubilation, screamed while appreciating Biggie.
The Showmax challenge had the housemates in each of the two Level Up houses divided into two groups as they presented dramas on original Showmax series.
Biggie also acknowledged housemates in each group whose performances were commendable, these were: Adekunle, Groovy, Diana, Hermes, Bella, Daniella and Modella.
NAN reports that 26 housemates are currently bidding for the grand prize of N100million.
The Naira on Thursday gained against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N428.12. The figure represented an increase of 0.25 per cent compared with N429.20 it exchanged for the dollar on Wedneday.
The open indicative rate closed at N428. 33 to the dollar on Thursday.
An exchange rate of N444 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N428.12. The Naira sold for as low as N415 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 110.22 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the official Investors and Exporters’ window on Thursday.
The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACRESAL), programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country.
The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.
Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country.
He said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.
Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders’ ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges.
He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies, to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges.
According to him, Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW), and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term.
“Accordingly, Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall (GGW) accelerator to fund each country’s priorities.
“Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign.
“The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16. “States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023. “There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now,” he said.
Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges.
He called for urgent collective step-up action by everyone, irrespective of social status, religion, political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem.
The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net-zero emission.
“Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development,” he said.
The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission.
Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals.
“The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation, working towards climate-resilient and low-emission agri-food systems.
“FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF),” he said.
Dr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director, United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development.
He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues.
“Therefore, UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy,” he said.
A Nutritionist, Dr Olugbenga Bankole, has advised working mothers to express their breasts milk through breast pumps to breast feed their babies.
Bankole, who is the Programme Manager, Nutrition Department, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, gave the advice on Thursday in Ilorin while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the commemoration of World Breastfeeding Month 2022. The breastfeeding month, slated yearly in August, is dedicated to advancing advocacy, protection and promotion of breastfeeding to ensure that all families have the opportunity to breastfeed.
The theme for the 2022 week, “Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”, is meant to encourage organisations and nations to create safeguards for breastfeeding.
Bankole, who also advised that mothers should breastfeed their children for six months after birth, said that antibodies in breast milk aide the infant’s defense against germs and viruses.
He said that working mothers had no excuse not to breastfeed their babies because expressed milk (squeezing milk from a nursing mother’s breasts) could last up to four days without deteriorating.
“Milk that has been expressed can last for four days in the refrigerator and last six months while in the freezer,” he said.
According to him, the advent of COVID-19 in 2020 saw a significant rise of about 70 per cent of women in Kwara that were breastfeeding their babies.
He, however, said that there was a decline to about 55 per cent in 202, adding that the State Committee on Nutrition ensured that strategic places were designated across the Ministries, Department and Agencies for working mothers to breastfeed their babies.
He said that there was need for mothers to breastfeed their babies for about eight times daily and for every three hours because it was important that babies were breastfed frequently rather than only on demand.
Bankole said that Nigeria signed the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA).
He explained that the Code was developed as a global public health strategy and recommended restrictions on the marketing of breast milk substitutes, such as infant formula, to encourage to breastfeed and that substitutes were used safely, if needed.
He said that the Code also covered ethical considerations and regulations for the marketing of feeding bottles and teats, adding that breast milk substitute could be used only in special circumstances such as for orphans.
He said that services of Wet-nurses (a woman employed to suckle another woman’s child) could be utilised if possible “even though the practice is subject to the socio-cultural tradition of a place”.
Bankole added that the issue of breastfeeding was multi-faceted requiring the support of the father, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists, midwives and even the community at large.
He said: “Warm Chain campaign” places the mother-baby, father and other stakeholders as part of the chain to effective breastfeeding.
“It strives to link different actors across the health, community and workplace sectors to provide a continuum of care during the first six months of the baby life,” he said.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed satisfaction with the judicious utilisation of funds by the Kwara Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) of UBEC, Mr Isiaka Kolawole, stated this on Thursday in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting some schools recently constructed by SUBEB.
Kolawole said Kwara was doing well in applying the UBEC funds on schools’ infrastructure.
”The state had missed a lot with blacklist before the present administration paid the backlog of its counterpart funds.
”So, I want to urge other states to emulate Kwara’s investments in the education sector,” the UBEC boss said.
The Chairman, Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Raheem Adaramaja, said the board was elated with the positive commendation from UBEC and that it would spur it to do more for the state.
He hinted that the board would from September, begin free distribution of textbooks to pupils on English language, Mathematics, Basic Sciences and Social Studies, starting with primary four, five and six.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UBEC team inspected Burhanudeen LGEA School Ojagboro, Government Day Secondary School Amule and UBEC Model Smart School Adeta in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has called for the employment of more primary school teachers in order to improve the standard of basic education in the state.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee, made the appeal when management of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) appeared before the committee on its 2022 budget performance on Thursday in Lafia.
He said that the standard of primary education was falling, hence the need for government to take proactive measures in order to restore the lost glory of primary education in the state.
Ogazi said that primary schools across the state lack teachers for quality and sound education to thrive, hence the need for government to do more in that area just as it is doing presently at the secondary level.
“There is the need for all hands to be on the deck in order to address the challenges facing primary education in the state.
“We need teachers in the primary schools; since 2011 to date, teachers have been retiring, some died and some resigned voluntarily.
“We need to fill the gap by recruiting competent hands in the interest of our children and the state at large,” he said.
Ogazi urged the management of SUBEB to intensify efforts in the supervision of schools for the overall development of the state.
He also assured of the committee’s continuous readiness to collaborate with the state government and other stakeholders for improved standard of education at the grassroots.
Earlier, Alhaji Mohammed Dan’Azumi, the SUBEB Chairman, appreciated the committee and Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving their attention to the board to succeed.
“We want to appreciate you and the governor for the support the board has been enjoying in the state.
“We want to assure you that we will continue to do the right things for the overall development of the primary education,” said Dan’azumi.
The chairman also solicited for the intervention of the committee for the employment of teachers and to tackle other challenges facing primary education in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to family, friends and associates of Prof. Akin Mabogunje, who passed on at 90. Buhari declared that Mabogunje’s “departure will be greatly felt by the nation, especially the academia”.
The president’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Thursday in Abuja.
He commiserated with Mabogunje’s network of professional associates and experts, at home and abroad, who have shared in his vision of nation building, with cerebral works in urbanisation, human and regional development, geographic perspectives and shelter provision.
Buhari noted the depth, reach and extensive research of the first African President of the International Geographical Union.
Mabogunje was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999, and in 2017, was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Vautrin Lud Prize.
According to the president, Mabogunje’s contribution to education in Nigeria, and in many parts of the world, remains indelible, especially the leadership positions he held, which include Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Ogun State University.
He was also Chairman of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy; Member, Board of Trustees, Nigerian National Merit Award Endowment Fund; and later Chairman of the Fund. Buhari prayed that the almighty God would grant the renowned geographer a peaceful rest and comfort his family.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has appointed a Nollywood actor, Mr. Eyiwumi Aramide, popularly known as Muka Ray, as his Senior Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism.This is contained in statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, on Thursday in Ilorin.He said that the new appointee hails from -Orin Ward in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.NewsSourceCredit: NAN