The Federal Government says the Kano Dala Dry Port project has the potential to service the cargo needs of the North West, North East, Niger Republic and Mali with a seamless transportation system in both import and export.
The Permanent Secretary, Minister of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani made this known during a media tour of the project on Friday.
She also said the port project will also strengthen bilateral ties between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Ajani noted that the bilateral obligations between the two countries is targeted at assessing Nigeria’s preparedness for the transit of Nigerian cargoes.
According to her, the port facility to Niger Republic will reduce cost of transportation of goods in transit and ensure seemless movement of cargoes, especially when the Kano-Maradi railway line is completed and becomes operational.
“Nigeria stands to benefit from the increased patronage of her corridor by Land-Locked Countries considering that their goods will add value to its Ports and also contribute to the reduction in ocean freight, among other benefits,”she said.
Ajani appreciated the 32-member delegation from Niger Republic for gracing the occasion and Kano State Government for the support to the committee in the course of monitoring and fast-tracking the implementation of the Project.
NAN reports that Dala Inland port has 20,000 capacity container warehouse services.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.
At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.
Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.
South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.
At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.
In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.
And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).
The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.
Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).
Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.
Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.
Plateau Governor Simon Lalong on Friday began the construction of mass housing estate to address the state housing deficit.
Lalong at the groundbreaking of the estate, which is in partnership with Odigbo Properties Limited, said that the state had a housing deficit of 1.2 million.
The governor stated that the groundbreaking marked another milestone in the provision of mass housing in Plateau through partnership between government and the private sector.
The governor pointed out that housing became an important issue because the population was increasing daily while houses were becoming scarce.
“This has led to many challenges, including rapid urbanisation characterised by urban slums, over-crowding, unwholesome environmental conditions, absence of open spaces and overdevelopment of land among others.
“These challenges continue to bother government, hence the efforts to engage the private sector in developing modern housing that provides top class facilities, using modern building technologies.
“The engagement with Odigbo Properties Ltd for the construction of Royal Palm Estate is one of the outcomes of the efforts of government in this regard.
“There are 19 other MOUs signed on behalf of government by Ministry of Housing with private developers and we are awaiting their arrival to commence construction just as Odigbo Properties has done.
“Through partnerships such as this, we hope to address the shortage of mass housing in the state and also address the problem of unplanned development that has seriously affected the beauty of the city and hampered access,” he said.
Managing Director, Odigbo Properties Limited, Mr Chikieze Odigbo said the partnership was borne of the company’s desire to ensure that most Nigerians had quality roofs over their heads.
Odigbo announced that Royal Palms Estate, sitting on a 40 hectares of land, would provide over 500 houses.
The managing director stated that based on the advice of Plateau Ministry of Housing, the houses, comprising three bedrooms, two-bedroom bungalows and one bedroom would be built in phases.
“For the first phase, 50 houses will be completed within eight months meaning that 50 families will live in the next eight months.
“The next phase will be 100 houses and we will continue like that till we meet our target.
“The estate will have recreational centres, health centre, shopping mall, school and worship centres.
“In fact, Royal Palms Estate is a one-stop where every facility and service would be provided within,” he explainedAccording to him, there would be solar power with each house with its panel.
Chairman, Odigbo Properties Limited, Gen. Daniel Bako, told the gathering that adequate security would be provided in the area.
Bako appreciated the community leaders and land owners for making the land available.
The chairman thanked the agencies that subscribed to the the programme, saying that their staff would remain grateful for the gesture.
Plateau Commissioner for Housing, Mr Ibrahim Dadi said that housing projects came along with many employment opportunities for youths.
Dadi urged citizens particularly civil servants, to take advantage of the estate to own their houses.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the groundbreaking was witnessed by many dignitaries within and outside Plateau.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Sen. Daisy Danjuma, wife of former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, as she turns 70 on Aug. 6, 2022. Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s media aide in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the president praised her commitment to a better living standard for the less privileged.
The president, in a congratulatory letter to the celebrant personally signed by him, said: “On behalf of myself and my family, I wish to felicitate with you as you attain the auspicious age of 70. “Distinguished Senator, I join your family members, friends and political associates in celebrating the auspicious moment with you, heralded by many years of service to the nation and humanity.
“As an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, I am particularly pleased by the commitment you have shown to the plight of the disadvantaged in the society especially women and children.
“I also note that your passion for this cause was further reinforced during your period in the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007 where you served as the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development.
’’ Danjuma was also Member, Senate Committees on Health, Education, Finance and Land, as well as Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Chairperson, Women and Child Right Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament).
The president saluted Danjuma for her courage and steadfastness.
“As you celebrate this milestone, my prayer is that almighty God will grant you longer life, good health and more wisdom to serve humanity and the country,” the president said.
The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) has urged Ondo Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (ONDOCIMA) to establish a special agro-allied district.
Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director of NEPZA, said that it was critical in promoting the production and processing of agricultural produce for export.
A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Martins Odeh, Head, Corporate Communications, NEPZA, said that Adesugba made the appeal when the new executive of the chamber visited him on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the chamber must become active partner in the economic development of Ondo State by establishing the special agro-allied district.
The NEPZA boss, who said that chamber movement was aimed at galvanising sound economic development, added that ONDOCIMA was set up to make indelible and positive economic impact in the state.
“The chamber must constitute itself as an active development partner of the state by making itself an economic springboard in the state.
“This can happen speedily if a special agro-allied district for backward linkages in the production and processing of agricultural produce can be established.
“The new executive must begin to contemplate on securing large expanse of land in the state to establish this project as the enclave help to provide jobs and variety of businesses for members and residents of the state.
“Ondo State is blessed with arable land, suitable for all-year-round- farming.
The association can also reserve a substantial portion of the proposed district for the production of cocoa which the state has comparative advantage on,’’ Adesugba said.
He explained that pioneer members of the state branch of the association had plans of having such a special agric site and other businesses as well.
Adesugba, however, said that a number of extraneous factors had made the dream unrealisable.
“The chamber can only record good successes if it is less dependent on government.
The leadership must activate interest and expertise of the members in order to achieve the set goals,’’ Adesugba said.
He also said that the association could become more potent and resulted-oriented if it regularly underwent projects’ assessment visitations to other sister associations.
“Members would use such tours for business knowledge acquisition and investment promotion exchanges,” he said.
Adesugba further said that NEPZA was prepared to partner the association in developing business templates that would make it become investment forerunner in the state.
The NEPZA boss also explained that the Akoko Chamber of Commerce, an adjunct of ONDOCIMA was a testament of years of striving to ensure that most local communities in the state were linked to the Organised Private Sector (OPS).
President of ONDOCIMA, Olugbenga Araoyinbo, said that Adesugba had continually proven that his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to led the movement of industrialising the country through the Free Trade Zone scheme was useful.
He, however, explained that the new executive of the association had opened a new chapter in the administration of the chamber movement in the state.
Araoyinbo said that the association was prepared to join forces with the government in growing the economy.
“We are indeed grateful for the suggestion that the association establishes an agro-allied district where our members and investors can be involved in mechanised farming and processing of farm produce for local use and export.
“The association will in this light collaborate with NEPZA, our national body, the state government and investors to ensure that this plan is brought to fruition,’’ Araoyinbo said.
Dr Moses Ohamaeme, Cluster Coordinator representing the World Health Organisation and the United Nations agencies in Anambra, says that a baby who is exclusively breastfed can also fall sick.
Ohamaeme made the assertion at the ongoing 2022 World Breastfeeding Week at Maternal and Child Healthcare Centre, Amawbia, Awka, on Friday.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed from August 1 to 7 every year.
It was first started in 1992 to promote the benefits of breastfeeding on both mother and the baby.
The theme for this year’s commemoration – “Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support.
” He said: “Exclusive breastfeeding protects your baby from all kinds of illnesses, but sometimes your baby gets sick anyway.
“It is still possible that your baby will come down with a cold or infection.
And if that happens, make sure you take the baby to the hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment.
“Mothers must make sure that they give their babies prescribed medication while they continue to breastfeed.
Medication does not deter exclusive breastfeeding.
” Also speaking, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said that exclusive breastfeeding would help eradicate childhood malnutrition in the state.
“Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both moms and babies.
For mothers, breastfeeding reduces their risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
“For babies, breast milk contains nutrients your baby needs for growth and development.
It also protects your baby against infections and diseases.
“I urge mothers to see breastfeeding as a duty because it is the most effective measures for ensuring a child’s health and survival,” she said.
According to the World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), baby should be breastfed within an hour of birth and this should continue for the first six months of the child’s Life and given no other food or drinks, including water.
The Kano State Fire Service saved 79 lives and property worth N27.6 million from 32 fire incidents in the month of July. This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi on Friday in Kano. Abdullahi said that 12 people, however, lost their lives and property worth N10.3million were destroyed by fire during the period under review.
He said the service responded to 65 rescue calls and 12 false alarms from residents of the state.
The spokesperson urged the general public to handle fire with care to prevent outbreaks and also cautioned motorists to abide by traffic laws to avoid accidents especially during rainy season.
The Lagos State Government on Friday said it would not relent in its pursuit to improve life for its retirees and had placed the welfare and wellbeing of its pensioners as top-priority .
Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Lagos State Commissioner For Establishments, Training and Pensions made the pledge at the 96th Retirement Certificates Presentation organised by the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) in Lagos.
“Recently, the state government through the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and in collaboration with sister agencies launched an upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card) .
“The card will include benefits such as subsidised health care and transport services for our retired public servants.
“Please ensure you are registered with LASRRA to enjoy these benefits upon commencement,” Ponnle said.
According to her, the state government has paid N1.113 billion as accrued pension rights into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 295 retirees for the month of July.The commissioner stated that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had paid over N43 billion as accrued pension rights to 11,644 retirees in its public service from May 2019 till date.
Ponnle said: ” The state government recognises the plight of our estimable workers who have served in the Lagos state public service and the need to safeguard their financial security after service.
“Tp this end, it implemented the payment of the new minimum wage six months after the new wage bill was adopted as law and with a higher amount than the approved recommendation in response to global and national economic challenges.
“The state also implemented the upward review of pension contributions from 7.5 per cent of employee and employer contributions to 8 per cent employee contributions and 10 per cent employer contributions.
“This is in line with the administration’s vision to cater for its workforce even in retirement.
”The commissioner congratulated the retirees, wished them the best and advised them to carefully review the retirement savings options available for them to utilise their money prudently.
She charged them to contact LASPEC or the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions should they require clarifications or advice on their retirement benefit matters.
“Please embrace the joy and challenges of this new phase of life.
Be prudent with your money and practice a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your retirement,” she said.
In his address, the Director-General , LASPEC, Mr Babalola Obilana said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration deserve applaud for its constant support for the payment of pension obligations and the various policies initiated to better the lives of the senior citizens.
Obilana stated that the contributions of Lagos State to the success of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria was an undisputable fact.
” Lagos State is a trail blazer in the industry with 10 per cent employer and eight per cent employee contributions remitted monthly into individuals RSAs after salaries are received.
“The governor approved the automation of business processes in LASPEC to ensure first class service delivery to our dear retirees in order to accomplish the state government’s goal of the immediate payment of pension entitlements upon retirement from the public service,” he said.
The director general appreciated the efforts and contributions of the retirees whilst in the service, noting that the vision of a ‘Greater Lagos’ would have been an impossible dream without them.
Obilana urged the elderstatesmen to beware of any Individual or Association who claim to be affiliated with the state government and can process or fast track their pension entitlements for a fee.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday reserved judgment in the case involving two men: Ogbor Eliot, and Kelvin Chris, charged with attempted N1.8bn oil fraud for Sept.13. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case following the adoption of the final written address of the counsel.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants are standing trial, alongside a company, Danium Energy Services Ltd., on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At Friday’s proceedings, in adopting the final written addresses, counsel to the defendants, unanimously prayed the court to discharge and acquit their respective clients.
They urged the court to hold that the prosecution had not proven the case against their clients beyond any reasonable doubt.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, in adopting his final written address, urged the court to dismiss the arguments of the defence counsel, arguing that they lacked merits and prayed the court to convict the defendants as charged.
“The case against the defendants before your lordship is such that it is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf.
“I urge the court to take into cognisance, the fact that the defendants created an impression that Total Nigeria Plc, issued to the defendants local purchase order, Ref. Nos 330 and 33, for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
“These two local purchase orders gave the impression that Total Nigeria Plc contracted the third defendant to supply to it, 10,000 metric tonnes per each of those LPOs for a particular sum.
“And so, the third defendant, armed with these LPOs, contracted Sterling Bank Plc to finance the purported documents emanating from Total Nigeria Pl “The prosecution has shown to my lord, that the LPOs were forged, and the original of the documents which Total said that the referenced documents in contention, were not issued to the third defendant, ” he said.
EFCC had alleged that the defendants and the company had attempted to fraudulently deceive Sterling Bank Plc into lending them money through a fraudulent scheme.
This was on the pretext to finance Local Purchase Orders (LPO) for 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO, to be supplied to Total Nigeria Plc. The prosecution submitted that the defendants and the company had sometime in February 2016 in Lagos, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst themselves to obtain the sum of N1.8 billion by false pretence from Sterling Bank Plc. EFCC also alleged that the defendants, with intent to defraud, induced Sterling Bank Plc to deliver to Danium Energy Services Ltd., the total sum of N1.8 billion.
It added that it was under the false pretence that Total Nigeria Plc vide Purchase Orders (PO), with Ref. No. 0216330 and 02331 dated Feb.3 2016, contracted Danium Energy Services Ltd to supply 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO in two tranches of 10,000 metric tonnes, each valued at the aggregate sum of N2.3 billion.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution said that the alleged offences contravened Section 1(1) (a) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
The Anambra State Police command has reaffirmed its readiness to ensure security of lives and property of the people in the state.
The Command made this known in a statement by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), on Friday in Awka. Ikenga said that the officers were equipped and ready to stamp out criminal activities in the state so as to maintain peace among the people.
The PPRO urged the public to be security alert of their environment and avoid late night trips.
He urged the public never to cover up for anybody with suspicious character near their area of residences.
“Anybody that will look for your trouble, shall come through us.
“Anybody that wants to fight you, let them come because we will be right beside you, we will be the Police for you,” he said.
The police urged the public not to be afraid to report any movement within their business and residential areas as the police needs quality information to work with.
“Develop the morale to quickly reach out to security personnel to help the police to serve humanity optimally.
When we hear your complaints, we are ready to serve you better.
Don’t get tired of accessing us,” he said.
He said that the public should see Police as a partner in progress and always confide in the Command.
He further advised the people to call the police command on 07039194332 or the PRO on 08039334002 for urgent response.