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  •  The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA says it disbursed a total of 103 037 183 922 91 billion Naira bridging claims to oil marketers between December 2021 and August 2022 The authority disclosed this at the end of its meeting with the Northern Independent Petroleum Marketers Forum NIPMF and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPC Ltd officials on Tuesday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the forum had threatened to embark on withdrawal of services due to accumulated unpaid bridging claims The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN across nine Northern states had on Monday embarked on three days warning strike over non payment of their bridging claims The NMDPRA in a statement said it would fast track the settlement of all outstanding claims when received from marketers after due verification and reconciliation It reiterated that payment of bridging claims was an ongoing process and payments were disbursed as they were received from marketers The meeting is in line with NMDPRA mandate to collaborate with industry stakeholders in ensuring uninterrupted supply of Premium Motor Spirit PMS throughout the nation The meeting addressed issues regarding bridging claims and other matters NIPMF has agreed to work with the NMDPRA to ensure free flow of petroleum products nationwide the authority said The NMDPRA affirmed that it would continue to carry out its mandate as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Act PIA aimed at promoting and ensuring continuous and efficient operations of the Midstream and Downstream sector in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMDPRA disburses over N103bn bridging claims to oil marketers in 9 months
     The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA says it disbursed a total of 103 037 183 922 91 billion Naira bridging claims to oil marketers between December 2021 and August 2022 The authority disclosed this at the end of its meeting with the Northern Independent Petroleum Marketers Forum NIPMF and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPC Ltd officials on Tuesday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the forum had threatened to embark on withdrawal of services due to accumulated unpaid bridging claims The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN across nine Northern states had on Monday embarked on three days warning strike over non payment of their bridging claims The NMDPRA in a statement said it would fast track the settlement of all outstanding claims when received from marketers after due verification and reconciliation It reiterated that payment of bridging claims was an ongoing process and payments were disbursed as they were received from marketers The meeting is in line with NMDPRA mandate to collaborate with industry stakeholders in ensuring uninterrupted supply of Premium Motor Spirit PMS throughout the nation The meeting addressed issues regarding bridging claims and other matters NIPMF has agreed to work with the NMDPRA to ensure free flow of petroleum products nationwide the authority said The NMDPRA affirmed that it would continue to carry out its mandate as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Act PIA aimed at promoting and ensuring continuous and efficient operations of the Midstream and Downstream sector in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMDPRA disburses over N103bn bridging claims to oil marketers in 9 months
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    NMDPRA disburses over N103bn bridging claims to oil marketers in 9 months

    The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it disbursed a total of 103,037,183,922.91 billion Naira bridging claims to oil marketers between December 2021 and August 2022. The authority disclosed this at the end of its meeting  with the Northern Independent Petroleum Marketers Forum (NIPMF) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC Ltd.) officials, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the forum had threatened to embark on withdrawal of services due to accumulated unpaid bridging claims.

    The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) across nine Northern states had on Monday embarked on three days warning strike over non-payment of their bridging claims.

    The NMDPRA, in a statement, said it would fast-track the settlement of all outstanding claims when received from marketers after due verification and reconciliation.

    It reiterated that payment of bridging claims was an ongoing process and payments were disbursed as they were received from marketers.

    “The meeting is in line with NMDPRA mandate to collaborate with industry stakeholders in ensuring uninterrupted supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) throughout the nation.

    “The meeting addressed issues regarding bridging claims and other matters.

    “NIPMF has agreed to work with the NMDPRA to ensure free flow of petroleum products nationwide,” the authority said.

    The NMDPRA affirmed that it would continue to carry out its mandate as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), aimed at promoting and ensuring continuous and efficient operations of the Midstream and Downstream sector in Nigeria.


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  •  The Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA says it will begin enforcement of the usage of waste bins by households by January 2023 LAWMA s Managing Director Mr Ibrahim Odumboni said this on Tuesday in Lagos during the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria AWAMN Annual General Meeting Odumboni said that LAWMA would collaborate with AWAMN to ensure that households used bins to dispose the waste they generated appropriately He said that households in the state ought to have two bins one for plastics and the other for organic waste thereby ensuring sorting of waste a step toward circular economy The managing director said that the authority had printed out the first batch of 250 000 abatement notices and from Oct 1 would issue them to households that do not own bins He said that the law stipulated a minimum fine of N50 000 and maximum of three months imprisonment for erring individuals So we are going to enforce it now We are going to give them a notice on Oct 1 and then by Jan 1 2023 the three months period has gone we then start enforcing Odumboni said According to him everybody must have a bin as it is the beginning of the problem and the end of the problem to waste management We have noticed that over a million households don t have bins at all and that is the genesis of our problem I want to task everyone of us here so that by the time we come to our meeting next year we can report that 90 per cent of the households under each and everyone of us have a bin It is our duty to ensure that we promote bins to them we have to make sure that all the households under us have a bin be it that they are going to pay for it as part of their waste bill be it that they are going to buy now and pay later be it that they are going to buy their own it is mandatory for them to have the bins he said Odumboni urged the waste managers to promote the use of the wheelie bin as it would help to enhance the efficiency of the job Speaking on the sideline of the meeting the President of AWAMN Mr David Oriyomi told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association would do all within its power to promote circular economy as it was the in thing now Oriyomi said that waste management operators needed to move beyond the issue of collecting refuse transporting same and disposing same at the dumpsites He said that the waste managers needed to look into the issue of recycling to make sure that all the recyclables sorted out got sold to the relevant sectors for the purpose of recycling According to him the association has written to the state government for collaboration and to ensure that it pilots the affairs of recycling and circular economy Recently we even traveled outside Nigeria to go and see what they are doing vis a vis the issue of circular economy We are glad to tell you that we are making a bold move in this direction to make sure that we reap the most out of recycling he said AWAMN s Spokesperson Mr Olugbenga Adebola who also spoke on the sideline of the meeting said that the association was transiting from linear economy to circular economy hence handling waste in a modern way What we are introducing to Lagosians through this circular economy is to ensure that every waste that is generated in Lagos State is segregated is sorted out into different waste components plastic aluminium paper organic waste Once that is separated at the doorstep of the waste generators then it will encourage recycling It will encourage waste conversion you can convert your waste into energy electricity even through the waste you can generate organic fertilizer Circular means it is rotating So your waste is not a waste unless you decide to waste it Adebola said He said that the association was keying into the policy of LAWMA on the two bin system of which every household must now have two bins in their frontage According to him one of the bins is colour coded in blue the other one is in green the blue one is expected to collect all the recyclables altogether plastic aluminum paper He said that these recyclables are taken to a Material Recovery Facility where they are also sorted out into different waste components for proper recycling and conversion Adebola said that the other two bins of green colour were expected to be used to collect organic waste which would be transported to another facility to convert into organic fertilizer or biogas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Circular economy: Lagos Govt., waste managers to enforce bins usage
     The Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA says it will begin enforcement of the usage of waste bins by households by January 2023 LAWMA s Managing Director Mr Ibrahim Odumboni said this on Tuesday in Lagos during the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria AWAMN Annual General Meeting Odumboni said that LAWMA would collaborate with AWAMN to ensure that households used bins to dispose the waste they generated appropriately He said that households in the state ought to have two bins one for plastics and the other for organic waste thereby ensuring sorting of waste a step toward circular economy The managing director said that the authority had printed out the first batch of 250 000 abatement notices and from Oct 1 would issue them to households that do not own bins He said that the law stipulated a minimum fine of N50 000 and maximum of three months imprisonment for erring individuals So we are going to enforce it now We are going to give them a notice on Oct 1 and then by Jan 1 2023 the three months period has gone we then start enforcing Odumboni said According to him everybody must have a bin as it is the beginning of the problem and the end of the problem to waste management We have noticed that over a million households don t have bins at all and that is the genesis of our problem I want to task everyone of us here so that by the time we come to our meeting next year we can report that 90 per cent of the households under each and everyone of us have a bin It is our duty to ensure that we promote bins to them we have to make sure that all the households under us have a bin be it that they are going to pay for it as part of their waste bill be it that they are going to buy now and pay later be it that they are going to buy their own it is mandatory for them to have the bins he said Odumboni urged the waste managers to promote the use of the wheelie bin as it would help to enhance the efficiency of the job Speaking on the sideline of the meeting the President of AWAMN Mr David Oriyomi told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association would do all within its power to promote circular economy as it was the in thing now Oriyomi said that waste management operators needed to move beyond the issue of collecting refuse transporting same and disposing same at the dumpsites He said that the waste managers needed to look into the issue of recycling to make sure that all the recyclables sorted out got sold to the relevant sectors for the purpose of recycling According to him the association has written to the state government for collaboration and to ensure that it pilots the affairs of recycling and circular economy Recently we even traveled outside Nigeria to go and see what they are doing vis a vis the issue of circular economy We are glad to tell you that we are making a bold move in this direction to make sure that we reap the most out of recycling he said AWAMN s Spokesperson Mr Olugbenga Adebola who also spoke on the sideline of the meeting said that the association was transiting from linear economy to circular economy hence handling waste in a modern way What we are introducing to Lagosians through this circular economy is to ensure that every waste that is generated in Lagos State is segregated is sorted out into different waste components plastic aluminium paper organic waste Once that is separated at the doorstep of the waste generators then it will encourage recycling It will encourage waste conversion you can convert your waste into energy electricity even through the waste you can generate organic fertilizer Circular means it is rotating So your waste is not a waste unless you decide to waste it Adebola said He said that the association was keying into the policy of LAWMA on the two bin system of which every household must now have two bins in their frontage According to him one of the bins is colour coded in blue the other one is in green the blue one is expected to collect all the recyclables altogether plastic aluminum paper He said that these recyclables are taken to a Material Recovery Facility where they are also sorted out into different waste components for proper recycling and conversion Adebola said that the other two bins of green colour were expected to be used to collect organic waste which would be transported to another facility to convert into organic fertilizer or biogas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Circular economy: Lagos Govt., waste managers to enforce bins usage
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    Circular economy: Lagos Govt., waste managers to enforce bins usage

    The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says it will begin enforcement of the usage of waste bins by households by January 2023. LAWMA’s Managing Director, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni said this on Tuesday in Lagos, during the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) Annual General Meeting.

    Odumboni said that LAWMA would collaborate with AWAMN to ensure that households used bins to dispose the waste they generated appropriately.

    He said that households in the state ought to have two bins – one for plastics and the other for organic waste, thereby, ensuring sorting of waste, a step toward circular economy.

    The managing director said that the authority had printed out the first batch of 250,000 abatement notices, and from Oct. 1 would issue them to households that do not own  bins.

    He said that the law stipulated a minimum fine of N50,000 and maximum of three months imprisonment for erring individuals.

    ”So, we are going to enforce it now.

    We are going to give them a notice on Oct. 1 and then by Jan. 1, 2023, the three months period has gone, we then start enforcing,” Odumboni said.

    According to him, everybody must have a bin, as it is the beginning of the problem and the end of the problem to waste management.

    ”We have noticed that over a million households don’t have bins at all, and that is the genesis of our problem.

    “I want to task everyone of us here, so that by the time we come to our meeting next year, we can report that 90 per cent of the households under each and everyone of us have a bin.

    ”It is our duty to ensure that we promote bins to them, we have to make sure that all the households under us have a bin, be it that they are going to pay for it as part of their waste bill, be it that they are going to buy now and pay later, be it that they are going to buy their own, it is mandatory for them to have the bins,” he said.

    Odumboni urged the waste managers to promote the use of the wheelie bin, as it would help to enhance the efficiency of the job.

    Speaking on the sideline of the meeting, the President of AWAMN, Mr David Oriyomi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association would do all within its power to promote circular economy, as it was the in-thing now.

    Oriyomi said that waste management operators needed to move beyond the issue of collecting refuse, transporting same and disposing same at the dumpsites.

    He said that the waste managers needed to look into the issue of recycling to make sure that all the recyclables sorted out, got sold to the relevant sectors for the purpose of recycling.

    According to him, the association has written to the state government for collaboration and to ensure that it pilots the affairs of recycling and circular economy.

    ”Recently, we even traveled outside Nigeria to go and see what they are doing vis a vis the issue of circular economy.

    ”We are glad to tell you that we are making a bold move in this direction to make sure that we reap the most out of recycling,” he said.

    AWAMN’s Spokesperson, Mr Olugbenga Adebola, who also spoke on the sideline of the meeting, said that the association was transiting from linear economy to circular economy, hence, handling waste in a modern way.

    ”What we are introducing to Lagosians through this circular economy is to ensure that every waste that is generated in Lagos State is segregated, is sorted out into different waste components – plastic, aluminium, paper, organic waste.

    ”Once that is separated at the doorstep of the waste generators, then it will encourage recycling.

    It will encourage waste conversion, you can convert your waste into energy, electricity, even through the waste you can generate organic fertilizer.

    ”Circular means it is rotating.

    So your waste is not a waste unless you decide to waste it,” Adebola said.

    He said that the association was keying into the policy of LAWMA on the two-bin system, of which every household must now have two bins in their frontage.

    According to him, one of the bins is colour-coded in blue, the other one is in green, the blue one is expected to collect all the recyclables altogether – plastic, aluminum, paper.

    He said that these recyclables are taken to a Material Recovery Facility where they are also sorted out into different waste components for proper recycling and conversion.

    Adebola said that the other two-bins of green colour were expected to be used to collect organic waste, which would be transported to another facility, to convert into organic fertilizer or biogas.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The factional Governorship Candidate of the PDP in Ogun Otunba Segun Showunmi says all stakeholders and members of the party will accept the Court s verdict on its authentic 2023 flagbearer Showunmi in statement in Lagos on Tuesday said there was no division in Ogun PDP He expressed optimism and confidence that he would be on the ballot in the governorship election in the state Showumi expressed this belief following the Abuja Court of Appeal s Consequential Order dismissing the ruling of a lower court over jurisdiction to hear the suit between him the PDP and others The governorship hopeful noted that his campaign ahead of the governorship race would fully begin on Sept 28 adding that his style would be issues based Showunmi a former spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2019 said that he would be running a new deal that would transform Ogun if elected While reteirating his acceptance of party supremacy both at the national and state levels Showunmi said that the primary election conducted by the Ladi Adebutu camp remained a charade and would not stand He said A political party is the creation of the law and what gives it political the right to even claim it is a political party is its constitution and the grand law which is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria No legally created organ can be given the wherewithal to act as if it doesn t know that it is a creation of the law I actually don t think we are divided to be fair We both accept the supremacy of our national organs My position is that whatever it is they called their primary is a charade it can t hold and it can t stand The primary election that produced me as candidate followed all the extant laws of the country and in due season they will definitely come to the point they have to come to Showunmi said that the Court of Appeal had given his camp the first favourable judgment and expressed hope of being declared the authentic flagbearer NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ogun 2023: PDP not divided – Showunmi
     The factional Governorship Candidate of the PDP in Ogun Otunba Segun Showunmi says all stakeholders and members of the party will accept the Court s verdict on its authentic 2023 flagbearer Showunmi in statement in Lagos on Tuesday said there was no division in Ogun PDP He expressed optimism and confidence that he would be on the ballot in the governorship election in the state Showumi expressed this belief following the Abuja Court of Appeal s Consequential Order dismissing the ruling of a lower court over jurisdiction to hear the suit between him the PDP and others The governorship hopeful noted that his campaign ahead of the governorship race would fully begin on Sept 28 adding that his style would be issues based Showunmi a former spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2019 said that he would be running a new deal that would transform Ogun if elected While reteirating his acceptance of party supremacy both at the national and state levels Showunmi said that the primary election conducted by the Ladi Adebutu camp remained a charade and would not stand He said A political party is the creation of the law and what gives it political the right to even claim it is a political party is its constitution and the grand law which is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria No legally created organ can be given the wherewithal to act as if it doesn t know that it is a creation of the law I actually don t think we are divided to be fair We both accept the supremacy of our national organs My position is that whatever it is they called their primary is a charade it can t hold and it can t stand The primary election that produced me as candidate followed all the extant laws of the country and in due season they will definitely come to the point they have to come to Showunmi said that the Court of Appeal had given his camp the first favourable judgment and expressed hope of being declared the authentic flagbearer NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ogun 2023: PDP not divided – Showunmi
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    Ogun 2023: PDP not divided – Showunmi

    The factional Governorship Candidate of the PDP in Ogun, Otunba Segun Showunmi, says all stakeholders and members of the party will accept the  Court’s verdict  on its authentic 2023 flagbearer.

    Showunmi in statement in Lagos on Tuesday, said there was no division in Ogun PDP.

    He  expressed optimism and confidence that he would be on the ballot in the governorship election in the state.

    Showumi expressed this belief following the Abuja Court of Appeal’s Consequential Order,  dismissing the ruling of a lower court over jurisdiction to hear the suit between him, the PDP and others.

    The governorship hopeful noted that his campaign ahead of the governorship race would fully begin on Sept. 28, adding that his style would be issues-based.

    Showunmi, a former spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2019, said that he would be running a “new deal” that would transform Ogun if elected.

    While reteirating his acceptance of party supremacy both at the national and state levels, Showunmi said that the primary election conducted by the Ladi Adebutu camp remained a charade and would not stand.

    He said: “A political party is the creation of the law and what gives  it  political  the right to even claim it is a political party is its constitution and the grand law which is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “No legally created organ can be given the wherewithal to act as if it doesn’t know that it is a creation of the law.

    “I actually don’t think we are divided, to be fair.

    We both accept the supremacy of our national organs.

    My position is that whatever it is they called their primary is a charade, it can’t hold and it can’t stand.

    “The primary election that produced me as candidate followed all the extant laws of the country and in due season, they will definitely come to the point they have to come to.

    ” Showunmi said that the Court of Appeal had given his camp the first favourable judgment and  expressed hope of being declared the authentic flagbearer.


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  •  A team of Malaysian and Indonesian tourists on Tuesday visited tourism sites within Lagos to further market the destinations to intending tourists in their countries and attract investors The tourists who had visited several African countries plan to also visit Ghana and Liberia for same purposes soon Some of the destinations visited in Lagos are Terra Kulture Nike Art Gallery Lekki Conservation Centre Freedom Park National Museum and Makoko Seafood Market The tourists are Gan Hong Lee Sei Loong Wong Chong Wah from Malaysia as well as Ong Bie Lian and Tjung Tjeng Tjin from Indonesia The head of the team Lee Loong from Malaysia said Nigeria was chosen as a place to visit because it was known as the most famous African country Loong described Nigeria as a beautiful country rich in culture and history He said his visit to the country had partially changed his negative impression about the country as a destination without security overcrowded and with the problem of traffic congestion He said that comparing Nigeria with countries across the world it should not be seen as overcrowded and insecure Nigeria is truly a place to be but the country must work on rebranding its tourism sites Adequate information needs to be provided at each tourism destination to further educate visiting tourists he said Some of the tourists beside late General Muritala Mohammed s car at the National Museum Onikan Loong shared his challenges visiting Nigeria citing cumbersome process in acquiring Nigerian Visa and at a high cost According to him Nigerian visa was the most expensive to acquire compared to other countries he had visited It was such a difficult task for us to get our visas to come here Nigeria needs to be more organised good infrastructure should be put in place at tourism destinations I look forward to coming back soon to witness the Eyo festival he said He said the team s visit was taking it to nine African countries Mauritania Mali Niger Burkina Faso Chad Liberia Ghana Sierra Leone and Nigeria Loong said that at the end of the visits they would have been knowledgeable enough to sell any destination in those countries to intending tourists across the globe Mr Olugbenga Adebayo Managing Director Gadeshire Travels and Tours who packaged the tour revealed the challenges encountered Adebayo said he experienced problems with visa procurement for the tourists and avoidable protocols at various tourist destinations He advised that there should be more friendly policies to encourage tour operators in marketing Nigeria as a tourism destination Adebiyi said there was also a need for the people at the local level to be educated on the essence of showing hospitality to tourists NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Malaysian, Indonesian tourists visit Lagos historical destinations 
     A team of Malaysian and Indonesian tourists on Tuesday visited tourism sites within Lagos to further market the destinations to intending tourists in their countries and attract investors The tourists who had visited several African countries plan to also visit Ghana and Liberia for same purposes soon Some of the destinations visited in Lagos are Terra Kulture Nike Art Gallery Lekki Conservation Centre Freedom Park National Museum and Makoko Seafood Market The tourists are Gan Hong Lee Sei Loong Wong Chong Wah from Malaysia as well as Ong Bie Lian and Tjung Tjeng Tjin from Indonesia The head of the team Lee Loong from Malaysia said Nigeria was chosen as a place to visit because it was known as the most famous African country Loong described Nigeria as a beautiful country rich in culture and history He said his visit to the country had partially changed his negative impression about the country as a destination without security overcrowded and with the problem of traffic congestion He said that comparing Nigeria with countries across the world it should not be seen as overcrowded and insecure Nigeria is truly a place to be but the country must work on rebranding its tourism sites Adequate information needs to be provided at each tourism destination to further educate visiting tourists he said Some of the tourists beside late General Muritala Mohammed s car at the National Museum Onikan Loong shared his challenges visiting Nigeria citing cumbersome process in acquiring Nigerian Visa and at a high cost According to him Nigerian visa was the most expensive to acquire compared to other countries he had visited It was such a difficult task for us to get our visas to come here Nigeria needs to be more organised good infrastructure should be put in place at tourism destinations I look forward to coming back soon to witness the Eyo festival he said He said the team s visit was taking it to nine African countries Mauritania Mali Niger Burkina Faso Chad Liberia Ghana Sierra Leone and Nigeria Loong said that at the end of the visits they would have been knowledgeable enough to sell any destination in those countries to intending tourists across the globe Mr Olugbenga Adebayo Managing Director Gadeshire Travels and Tours who packaged the tour revealed the challenges encountered Adebayo said he experienced problems with visa procurement for the tourists and avoidable protocols at various tourist destinations He advised that there should be more friendly policies to encourage tour operators in marketing Nigeria as a tourism destination Adebiyi said there was also a need for the people at the local level to be educated on the essence of showing hospitality to tourists NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Malaysian, Indonesian tourists visit Lagos historical destinations 
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    Malaysian, Indonesian tourists visit Lagos historical destinations 

    A team of Malaysian and Indonesian tourists on Tuesday visited tourism sites within Lagos to further market the destinations to intending tourists in their countries and attract investors.

    The tourists, who had visited several African countries, plan to also visit Ghana and Liberia for same purposes soon.

    Some of the destinations visited in Lagos are Terra Kulture, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki Conservation Centre, Freedom Park, National Museum and Makoko Seafood Market.

    The tourists are Gan Hong, Lee Sei Loong, Wong Chong Wah from Malaysia; as well as Ong Bie Lian and Tjung Tjeng Tjin from Indonesia.

    The head of the team, Lee Loong from Malaysia, said Nigeria was chosen as a place to visit because it was known as the most famous African country.

    Loong described Nigeria as a beautiful country, rich in culture and history.

    He said his visit to the country had partially changed his negative impression about the country as a destination without security, overcrowded and with the problem of traffic congestion.

    He said that comparing Nigeria with countries across the world, it should not be seen as overcrowded and insecure.

    ” Nigeria is truly a place to be, but the country must work on rebranding its tourism sites.

    “Adequate information needs to be provided at each tourism destination to further educate visiting tourists,” he said.

    Some of the tourists beside late General Muritala Mohammed’s car at the National Museum, OnikanLoong shared his challenges visiting Nigeria, citing cumbersome process in acquiring Nigerian Visa, and at a high cost.

    According to him, Nigerian visa was the most expensive to acquire, compared to other countries he had visited.

    “It was such a difficult task for us to get our visas to come here; Nigeria needs to be more organised, good infrastructure should be put in place at tourism destinations.

    ” I look forward to coming back soon to witness the Eyo festival,” he said.

    He said the team’s visit was taking it to nine African countries — Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

    Loong said that at the end of the visits, they would have been knowledgeable enough to sell any destination in those countries to intending tourists across the globe.

    Mr Olugbenga Adebayo, Managing Director, Gadeshire Travels and Tours, who packaged the tour, revealed the challenges encountered.

    Adebayo said he experienced problems with visa procurement for the tourists and avoidable protocols at various tourist destinations.

    He advised that there should be more friendly policies, to encourage tour operators in marketing Nigeria as a tourism destination.

    Adebiyi said there was also a need for the people at the local level to be educated on the essence of showing hospitality to tourists.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Kwara Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS Mr Aliu Baba Usman has advised personnel in the service on discipline and dedication to duty as he retires after 30 years in service Baba Usman gave the advice during his sendforth ceremony at the state NCoS headquarters in Ilorin on Tuesday According to him officers should be disciplined and dedicated to work which is the shortest way to success in life The shortest way to success is dedication and prayer even if their is challenges you will over come it said the controller He also charged the officers to strive to maintain high level of discipline adding that they should not lose focus on the dictates of the job He commended the authority of the Correctional Service for the privilege given to him to serve his father s land Baba Usman also urged the officers left behind to follow his legacy of discipline and dedication to duties at all times Today is my greatest joy I started well and ended well Nothing is easy but with grace of God and support from colleagues everything went well he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCoS Controller tasks personnel on dedication as he pulls out of service
     The Kwara Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS Mr Aliu Baba Usman has advised personnel in the service on discipline and dedication to duty as he retires after 30 years in service Baba Usman gave the advice during his sendforth ceremony at the state NCoS headquarters in Ilorin on Tuesday According to him officers should be disciplined and dedicated to work which is the shortest way to success in life The shortest way to success is dedication and prayer even if their is challenges you will over come it said the controller He also charged the officers to strive to maintain high level of discipline adding that they should not lose focus on the dictates of the job He commended the authority of the Correctional Service for the privilege given to him to serve his father s land Baba Usman also urged the officers left behind to follow his legacy of discipline and dedication to duties at all times Today is my greatest joy I started well and ended well Nothing is easy but with grace of God and support from colleagues everything went well he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCoS Controller tasks personnel on dedication as he pulls out of service
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    NCoS Controller tasks personnel on dedication as he pulls out of service

    The Kwara Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr Aliu Baba-Usman, has advised personnel in the service on discipline and dedication to duty, as he retires after 30 years in service.

    Baba-Usman gave the advice during his sendforth ceremony at the state NCoS headquarters in Ilorin on Tuesday.

    According to him, officers should be disciplined and dedicated to work,  which is the shortest way to success in life.

    “The shortest way to success is dedication and prayer, even if their is challenges you will over come it,” said the controller.

    He also charged the officers to strive to maintain high level of discipline, adding that they should not lose focus on the dictates of the job.

    He commended the authority of the Correctional Service for the privilege given to him to serve his father’s land.

    Baba-Usman also urged the officers left behind to follow his legacy of discipline and dedication to duties at all times.

    “Today is my greatest joy.

    I started well and ended well.

    “Nothing is easy, but with grace of God and support from colleagues everything went well,” he said.


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  •  Mr Kabir Mohammed the Manager of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAIA on Tuesday in Abuja said the airport would commence automated pay car park on Sept 29 Mohammed who made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria stated that digitisation of the airport services would be done in phases starting with the car park pay automation According to him changing from analogue to digital services will make for a more organised and orderly Abuja airport especiallly regarding current security situation in the country He said rowdiness in the drop off area and parking lots improper parking parking in restricted areas unnecessary congestion in front of terminal and all forms of unruly behaviours ought to be avoided by all airport users Come Sept 29 2022 NAIA will be introducing automated pay car park system in line with global best practices The effort is to enhance passengers agencies stakeholders and all airport users experience at the airport as part of the management s drive to improve on our customer s satisfaction experience This may include military and paramilitary personnel government officials and politicians and their aides who see the status of NAIA as a Protocol Airport he said The NAIA boss explained that those protocol elites who fondly call Abuja airport a Protocol Airport were saying so just to justify their excesses and improper behaviours According to him airports serve as gateways into most countries and cities and often serve as a means for travellers to know what the people in that country represent and their way of life Muhammed however said that there would be redefinition of the Parking lots and introduction of dedicated parking lots for corporate organisations ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja airport to start automated pay car park on Sept. 29
     Mr Kabir Mohammed the Manager of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAIA on Tuesday in Abuja said the airport would commence automated pay car park on Sept 29 Mohammed who made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria stated that digitisation of the airport services would be done in phases starting with the car park pay automation According to him changing from analogue to digital services will make for a more organised and orderly Abuja airport especiallly regarding current security situation in the country He said rowdiness in the drop off area and parking lots improper parking parking in restricted areas unnecessary congestion in front of terminal and all forms of unruly behaviours ought to be avoided by all airport users Come Sept 29 2022 NAIA will be introducing automated pay car park system in line with global best practices The effort is to enhance passengers agencies stakeholders and all airport users experience at the airport as part of the management s drive to improve on our customer s satisfaction experience This may include military and paramilitary personnel government officials and politicians and their aides who see the status of NAIA as a Protocol Airport he said The NAIA boss explained that those protocol elites who fondly call Abuja airport a Protocol Airport were saying so just to justify their excesses and improper behaviours According to him airports serve as gateways into most countries and cities and often serve as a means for travellers to know what the people in that country represent and their way of life Muhammed however said that there would be redefinition of the Parking lots and introduction of dedicated parking lots for corporate organisations ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja airport to start automated pay car park on Sept. 29
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    Abuja airport to start automated pay car park on Sept. 29

    Mr Kabir Mohammed, the Manager of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA), on Tuesday in Abuja said the airport would commence automated pay car park on Sept. 29. Mohammed, who made this known, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , stated that digitisation of the airport services would be done in phases, starting with the car park pay automation.

    According to him, changing from analogue to digital services will make for a more organised and orderly Abuja airport, especiallly regarding current security situation in the country.

    He said rowdiness in the drop-off area and parking lots, improper parking, parking in restricted areas, unnecessary congestion in front of terminal and all forms of unruly behaviours ought to be avoided by all airport users.

    “Come Sept. 29, 2022, NAIA will be introducing automated pay car park system in line with global best practices.

    “The effort is to enhance passengers, agencies, stakeholders and all airport users experience at the airport as part of the management’s drive to improve on our customer’s satisfaction experience.

    “This may include military and paramilitary personnel, government officials, and politicians and their aides who see the status of NAIA as a ‘Protocol Airport, “ he said.

    The NAIA boss explained that those protocol elites, who fondly call Abuja airport a “Protocol Airport“ were saying so just to justify their excesses and improper behaviours.

    According to him, airports serve as gateways into most countries and cities and often serve as a means for travellers to know what the people in that country represent and their way of life.

    Muhammed, however, said that there would be redefinition of the “ Parking lots“ and introduction of dedicated parking lots for corporate organisations.

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  •  The United Nations Development Fund UNDP says it has completed Sustainable Development Goal SDG Investor Maps in nine African countries Ms Sarah Poole Deputy Assistant Administrator and Officer in Charge Regional Bureau for Arab States UNDP said this at a virtual event on Tuesday The event organised by UNDP and African Development Bank AfDB was tagged Africa Continental Investor Convening Partnering for SDG Investments in the Green amp Blue Economy in Pursuit of Agenda 2063 The SDG Investor Map is a market intelligence product produced by UNDP Country Offices and partners to help private investors funds financiers corporations identify investment opportunities and business models that have significant potential to advance the SDGs The aim of the map is to provide investors with actionable data and insights to enable them use their capital for good while making a financial profit UNDP thereby helps to contribute to filling the SDG financing gap by directing private capital to where it can most make a difference to people and the planet Poole said UNDP was finalising such investor maps in another six African countries She said that in Sub Saharan Africa the investor maps had been completed in Ghana Kenya Namibia Nigeria Rwanda South Africa Uganda Djibouti and Mauritius Poole said that Eswatini Gabon Malawi The Gambia Tanzania Morocco and Tunisia were currently preparing for or developing their SDG Investor Maps She said that increased investment in the blue and green economy would help improve the livelihoods of all African people As of today in Africa UNDP has completed SDG investor maps in nine countries while finalising such maps in another six countries and we are keen to support more countries who are interested in this initiative African SDG investor map identified 245 investment opportunities half of which are geared towards the blue and green economy The focus of today s event is where there is immense opportunity in the energy transport agriculture and forestry as well as in fisheries and marine resources We are excited to showcase a sample of the investment opportunities identified through our African SDG investor map at today s event And we look forward to the contributions from our spotlight countries Djibouti Mauritius and Nigeria with many thanks to the national counterparts present here as they demonstrate how their countries are ready for SDG investments she said Poole further said the panel would discuss how private and public institutions could support the acceleration of investments in the green and blue economy drawing country examples and capitalising on regional integration opportunities The UNDP representative added that it would be particularly in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA The panel would showcase how the Japanese private sector can help realise the African investment opportunities and the role that government and development partners can play in guiding private capital to where it can make a greater difference for people and for planet she said Also speaking Mr Wale Shonibare Director for Energy Financial Solutions Policy and Regulation AfDB said that AfCFTA as a great enabler should be taken advantage of and that regional trade would drive African economies going forward The energy sector requires robust and coordinated interventions So things like the continental master plan will be very key We need an integrated and competitive African electricity market and also the work of the various development finance institutions such as the AfDB and others We all need to work together to create synergies for maximum impact Shonibare said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNDP completes SDG Investor Maps in 9 African countries
     The United Nations Development Fund UNDP says it has completed Sustainable Development Goal SDG Investor Maps in nine African countries Ms Sarah Poole Deputy Assistant Administrator and Officer in Charge Regional Bureau for Arab States UNDP said this at a virtual event on Tuesday The event organised by UNDP and African Development Bank AfDB was tagged Africa Continental Investor Convening Partnering for SDG Investments in the Green amp Blue Economy in Pursuit of Agenda 2063 The SDG Investor Map is a market intelligence product produced by UNDP Country Offices and partners to help private investors funds financiers corporations identify investment opportunities and business models that have significant potential to advance the SDGs The aim of the map is to provide investors with actionable data and insights to enable them use their capital for good while making a financial profit UNDP thereby helps to contribute to filling the SDG financing gap by directing private capital to where it can most make a difference to people and the planet Poole said UNDP was finalising such investor maps in another six African countries She said that in Sub Saharan Africa the investor maps had been completed in Ghana Kenya Namibia Nigeria Rwanda South Africa Uganda Djibouti and Mauritius Poole said that Eswatini Gabon Malawi The Gambia Tanzania Morocco and Tunisia were currently preparing for or developing their SDG Investor Maps She said that increased investment in the blue and green economy would help improve the livelihoods of all African people As of today in Africa UNDP has completed SDG investor maps in nine countries while finalising such maps in another six countries and we are keen to support more countries who are interested in this initiative African SDG investor map identified 245 investment opportunities half of which are geared towards the blue and green economy The focus of today s event is where there is immense opportunity in the energy transport agriculture and forestry as well as in fisheries and marine resources We are excited to showcase a sample of the investment opportunities identified through our African SDG investor map at today s event And we look forward to the contributions from our spotlight countries Djibouti Mauritius and Nigeria with many thanks to the national counterparts present here as they demonstrate how their countries are ready for SDG investments she said Poole further said the panel would discuss how private and public institutions could support the acceleration of investments in the green and blue economy drawing country examples and capitalising on regional integration opportunities The UNDP representative added that it would be particularly in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA The panel would showcase how the Japanese private sector can help realise the African investment opportunities and the role that government and development partners can play in guiding private capital to where it can make a greater difference for people and for planet she said Also speaking Mr Wale Shonibare Director for Energy Financial Solutions Policy and Regulation AfDB said that AfCFTA as a great enabler should be taken advantage of and that regional trade would drive African economies going forward The energy sector requires robust and coordinated interventions So things like the continental master plan will be very key We need an integrated and competitive African electricity market and also the work of the various development finance institutions such as the AfDB and others We all need to work together to create synergies for maximum impact Shonibare said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNDP completes SDG Investor Maps in 9 African countries
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    UNDP completes SDG Investor Maps in 9 African countries

    The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) says it has completed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Investor Maps in nine African countries.

    Ms Sarah Poole, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Officer-in-Charge, Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP, said this at a virtual event on Tuesday.

    The event, organised by UNDP and African Development Bank (AfDB), was tagged “Africa Continental Investor Convening: Partnering for SDG Investments in the Green & Blue Economy in Pursuit of Agenda 2063.” The SDG Investor Map is a market intelligence product produced by UNDP Country Offices and partners to help private investors (funds, financiers, corporations), identify investment opportunities and business models that have significant potential to advance the SDGs. The aim of the map is to provide investors with actionable data and insights to enable them use their capital for good, while making a financial profit.

    UNDP, thereby, helps to contribute to filling the SDG-financing gap by directing private capital to where it can most make a difference to people and the planet.

    Poole said UNDP was finalising such investor maps in another six African countries.

    She said that in Sub-Saharan Africa, the investor maps had been completed in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Djibouti and Mauritius.

    Poole said that Eswatini, Gabon, Malawi, The Gambia, Tanzania, Morocco and Tunisia were currently preparing for or developing their SDG Investor Maps. She said that increased investment in the blue and green economy would help improve the livelihoods of all African people.

    “As of today in Africa, UNDP has completed SDG investor maps in nine countries while finalising such maps in another six countries and we are keen to support more countries who are interested in this initiative.

    “ African SDG investor map identified 245 investment opportunities, half of which are geared towards the blue and green economy.

    “The focus of today’s event is where there is immense opportunity in the energy transport, agriculture and forestry, as well as in fisheries and marine resources.

    “We are excited to showcase a sample of the investment opportunities identified through our African SDG investor map at today’s event.

    “And we look forward to the contributions from our spotlight countries, Djibouti, Mauritius and Nigeria, with many thanks to the national counterparts present here as they demonstrate how their countries are ready for SDG investments,” she said.

    Poole further said the panel would discuss how private and public institutions could support  the acceleration of investments in the green and blue economy, drawing country examples and capitalising on regional integration opportunities.

    The UNDP representative added that it would be particularly in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

    “The panel would showcase how the Japanese private sector can help realise the African investment opportunities and the role that government and development partners can play in guiding private capital to where it can make a greater difference for people and for planet,” she said.

    Also speaking, Mr Wale Shonibare, Director for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation, AfDB, said that AfCFTA, as a great enabler, should be taken advantage of and that regional trade would drive African economies going forward.

    “The energy sector requires robust and coordinated interventions.

    So, things like the continental master plan will be very key.

    “We need an integrated and competitive African electricity market, and also the work of the various development finance institutions, such as the AfDB, and others.

    “We all need to work together to create synergies for maximum impact,” Shonibare said.


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  •  In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC on Tuesday in Abuja showcased the research and development efforts of army schools TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School During the opening of the programme the Chief of Training Army Maj Gen Abdulsalam Ibrahim reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation The theme of the event is Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency The Dean Faculty of Arts Federal University of Lafia Prof Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving He delivered a paper titled the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment adding that it was time for the nation s army to look inward for its needs From what we have seen in the exhibition It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self reliance for Nigeria You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride We cannot continue to rely on the West You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery NASA Nigerian Army Armour School and Nigerian Army School of Infantry among others displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges
     In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC on Tuesday in Abuja showcased the research and development efforts of army schools TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School During the opening of the programme the Chief of Training Army Maj Gen Abdulsalam Ibrahim reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation The theme of the event is Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency The Dean Faculty of Arts Federal University of Lafia Prof Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving He delivered a paper titled the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment adding that it was time for the nation s army to look inward for its needs From what we have seen in the exhibition It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self reliance for Nigeria You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride We cannot continue to rely on the West You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery NASA Nigerian Army Armour School and Nigerian Army School of Infantry among others displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges

    In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges, the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on Tuesday in Abuja, showcased the research and development efforts of army schools.

    TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two-day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School.

    During the opening of the programme, the Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abdulsalam Ibrahim, reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation.

    The theme of the event is “Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges” He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency.

    The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Federal University of Lafia, Prof. Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event, said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges.

    Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management, which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving.

    He delivered a paper titled, “the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army.” The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation.

    He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment, adding that it was time for the nation’s army to look inward for its needs.

    “From what we have seen in the exhibition, It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self-reliance for Nigeria.

    “You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw.

    “What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability, but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride.

    “We cannot continue to rely on the West. You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started, a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it.

    “Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA), Nigerian Army Armour School, and Nigerian Army School of Infantry, among others, displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts.

    Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA, as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing, among others.


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  •  The Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions Rep Tanko Sununu has commended the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on its infrastructure improvement and ground breaking researches in the health sector Sununu commended NIMR during an oversight visit of the committee to the institution on Tuesday in Lagos He said We can see the benefit of executive legislative alliance because what we have seen here is an evidence of that When you compare what was here in 2019 when we visited and what is on ground presently it shows that there has been a tremendious improvement in terms of infrastructures and equipment in place The institution has also done well in terms of research grants attracted within and outside the country to enhance their research The last time we were here we were told they attracted research grants of around 200 000 dollars but presently they attracted external research grants worth 6 4million dollars which is a significant increase This shows that internationally it has been observed that there is transformation in NIMR and those giving the granst now have confidence in the ability of the institution to deliver Sununu also said that the house would continue to promote policies that would support the usage of homegrown products If what is being produced here in NIMR is not put into use then the purpose for research has been defeated They have produced COVID 19 test kits and other kits that should be use by our health institutions but I am not happy with the fact that we still port some of these things If the Federal Ministry of Health mandates all the health institutions in the country to use NIMR test kits they will all adhere to it so I think the ministry should look into it he said He urged the management of NIMR to collaborate with government and non governmental organisations to attract investment to further enhance the institution s research capacity Also speaking the Director General of NIMR Prof Babatunde Salako said that the institute was able to make significant improvement through improved capital and COVID 19 intervention received I believe the changes seen today were because of improved capital and the COVID 19 intervention which provided us with the opportunity to upgrade our laboratories improve the number of equipment Some of the equipment that we never had but are very important to us on disease outbreak especially the next generation sequencer and lots more were made possible he said Salako urged the government to promote policies that encouraged the use of homegrown solutions to combat diseases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    House Committee on Health commends NIMR on infrastructure, research improvement
     The Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions Rep Tanko Sununu has commended the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on its infrastructure improvement and ground breaking researches in the health sector Sununu commended NIMR during an oversight visit of the committee to the institution on Tuesday in Lagos He said We can see the benefit of executive legislative alliance because what we have seen here is an evidence of that When you compare what was here in 2019 when we visited and what is on ground presently it shows that there has been a tremendious improvement in terms of infrastructures and equipment in place The institution has also done well in terms of research grants attracted within and outside the country to enhance their research The last time we were here we were told they attracted research grants of around 200 000 dollars but presently they attracted external research grants worth 6 4million dollars which is a significant increase This shows that internationally it has been observed that there is transformation in NIMR and those giving the granst now have confidence in the ability of the institution to deliver Sununu also said that the house would continue to promote policies that would support the usage of homegrown products If what is being produced here in NIMR is not put into use then the purpose for research has been defeated They have produced COVID 19 test kits and other kits that should be use by our health institutions but I am not happy with the fact that we still port some of these things If the Federal Ministry of Health mandates all the health institutions in the country to use NIMR test kits they will all adhere to it so I think the ministry should look into it he said He urged the management of NIMR to collaborate with government and non governmental organisations to attract investment to further enhance the institution s research capacity Also speaking the Director General of NIMR Prof Babatunde Salako said that the institute was able to make significant improvement through improved capital and COVID 19 intervention received I believe the changes seen today were because of improved capital and the COVID 19 intervention which provided us with the opportunity to upgrade our laboratories improve the number of equipment Some of the equipment that we never had but are very important to us on disease outbreak especially the next generation sequencer and lots more were made possible he said Salako urged the government to promote policies that encouraged the use of homegrown solutions to combat diseases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    House Committee on Health commends NIMR on infrastructure, research improvement
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    House Committee on Health commends NIMR on infrastructure, research improvement

    The Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions, Rep. Tanko Sununu, has commended the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) on its infrastructure improvement and ground breaking researches in the health sector.

    Sununu commended NIMR during an oversight visit of the committee to the institution on Tuesday in Lagos.

    He said, “We can see the benefit of executive, legislative alliance because what we have seen here is an evidence of that.

    “When you compare what was here in 2019 when we visited and what is on ground presently, it shows that there has been a tremendious improvement in terms of infrastructures and equipment in place.

    “The institution has also done well in terms of research grants attracted within and outside the country to enhance their research.

    “The last time we were here, we were told they attracted research grants of around 200,000 dollars but presently they attracted external research grants worth 6.4million dollars which is a significant increase.

    “This shows that internationally, it has been observed that there is transformation in NIMR and those giving the granst now have confidence in the ability of the institution to deliver.

    ” Sununu also said that the house would continue to promote policies that would support the usage of homegrown products.

    “If what is being produced here in NIMR is not put into use, then the purpose for research has been defeated.

    “They have produced COVID-19 test kits and other kits that should be use by our health institutions but I am not happy with the fact that we still port some of these things.

    “If the Federal Ministry of Health mandates all the health institutions in the country to use NIMR test kits, they will all adhere to it; so I think the ministry should look into it,” he said.

    He urged the management of NIMR to collaborate with government and non-governmental organisations to attract investment to further enhance the institution’s research capacity.

    Also speaking, the Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said that the institute was able to make significant improvement through improved capital and COVID-19 intervention received.

    “I believe the changes seen today were because of improved capital and the COVID-19 intervention which provided us with the opportunity to upgrade our laboratories, improve the number of equipment.

    “Some of the equipment that we never had but are very important to us on disease outbreak, especially the next generation sequencer and lots more were made possible,” he said.

    Salako urged the government to promote policies that encouraged the use of homegrown solutions to combat diseases.


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  •  The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls AEIG an NGO says it will continue to collaborate with the Kurudu Community in the FCT to tackle the menace of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV Mrs Abiodun Essiet the Executive Director of the organisation said this on Tuesday during an interactive meeting with stakeholders security personnel paramilitary and traditional rulers in the community She said that the meeting which focused on community scorecard and community response to sexual and gender based revealed areas where the community needed improvement and help This is a community scorecard on community response to sexual and gender based violence and we are really happy with the response of the community to these issues We are taking traditional rulers as service providers and we are assessing their response and how they handle cases of SGBV And so the youths and women were divided into three groups to score how their response is and also to score the service they received from them Our project is focused on strengthening the FCT traditional justice system on how to handle SGBV So with this programme we have agreed as members and leaders of the community on actions to take We will be doing this with NAPTIP Police NSCDC Human Rights representatives all towards supporting the community in addressing issues e SGBV she said Chief Ezra Gonma District Head of Kurudu Community appreciated the NGO for the initiative He saif that the knowledge gained from the meeting would be shared amongst other traditional rulers within the community to effectively mitigate the menace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO partners Abuja community to tackle SGBV
     The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls AEIG an NGO says it will continue to collaborate with the Kurudu Community in the FCT to tackle the menace of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV Mrs Abiodun Essiet the Executive Director of the organisation said this on Tuesday during an interactive meeting with stakeholders security personnel paramilitary and traditional rulers in the community She said that the meeting which focused on community scorecard and community response to sexual and gender based revealed areas where the community needed improvement and help This is a community scorecard on community response to sexual and gender based violence and we are really happy with the response of the community to these issues We are taking traditional rulers as service providers and we are assessing their response and how they handle cases of SGBV And so the youths and women were divided into three groups to score how their response is and also to score the service they received from them Our project is focused on strengthening the FCT traditional justice system on how to handle SGBV So with this programme we have agreed as members and leaders of the community on actions to take We will be doing this with NAPTIP Police NSCDC Human Rights representatives all towards supporting the community in addressing issues e SGBV she said Chief Ezra Gonma District Head of Kurudu Community appreciated the NGO for the initiative He saif that the knowledge gained from the meeting would be shared amongst other traditional rulers within the community to effectively mitigate the menace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO partners Abuja community to tackle SGBV
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    NGO partners Abuja community to tackle SGBV

    The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls (AEIG), an NGO, says it will continue to collaborate with the Kurudu Community in the FCT to tackle the menace of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).

    Mrs Abiodun Essiet, the Executive Director of the organisation, said this on Tuesday, during an interactive meeting with stakeholders, security personnel, paramilitary and traditional rulers in the community.

    She said that the meeting which focused on community scorecard and community response to sexual and gender based, revealed areas where the community needed improvement and help.

    “This is a community scorecard on community response to sexual and gender-based violence and we are really happy with the response of the community to these issues.

    “We are taking traditional rulers as service providers and we are assessing their response and how they handle cases of SGBV.

    “And so the youths and women were divided into three groups to score how their response is and also to score the service they received from them.

    “Our project is focused on strengthening the FCT traditional justice system on how to handle SGBV.

    “So with this programme, we have agreed as members and leaders of the community on actions to take.

    “We will be doing this with NAPTIP, Police, NSCDC, Human Rights representatives, all towards supporting the community in addressing issues e SGBV,” she said.

    Chief Ezra Gonma, District Head of Kurudu Community, appreciated the NGO for the initiative.

    He saif that the knowledge gained from the meeting would be shared amongst other traditional rulers within the community to effectively mitigate the menace.


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