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  •  Ondo State Government has begun the verification of allotees operating in forests in the state as part of efforts to stop conflict of interest between government and allotees The Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry Mr Olayato Aribo at the inauguration of the committee on Tuesday in Akure appreciated the members of the committee for accepting to serve The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee has as its Chairman Mr Anjola Samuel who retired as Director of Forestry in the ministry Aribo said that the exercise would pave way for proper monitoring and evaluation of the forest reserves in the state The commissioner said that the exercise would rid the forest of illegal allottees adding that any allottee who failed to show up for the exercise would be considered as no more interested in his allocation Aribo urged the committee to ensure that all allottees were screened stressing that no genuine allottee should be left out The commissioner charged the committee to do a good job that would stand the test of integrity anytime explaining that he sought to put the records straight as regards logging activities in the state All allottees that do not appear for verification of their forest allocations will be regarded as no longer interested in participating in logging activities in the state and deemed to have forfeited such allocation You must ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees with valid documents and approvals to operate in each forest Also you must ascertain the payment made by each allottee to date and recommend as appropriate the payment of any indebtedness to the state government Come up with a list of all eligible forest allottees in each of the forest reserves and ascertain the numbers of various hammer holder and their indebtedness he said He promised the state government s total support for the committee to achieve the desired goals Speaking on behalf of the committee its chairman Mr Anjola Samuel thanked the Ministry especially the commissioner for counting them worthy by extending his hands of fellowship to them to carry out the assignment He told the commissioner that the committee had invited all allottees and the exercise would be successful saying competent hands were selected to serve on the committee He assured thd state that the committee would deliver on its terms of reference and that its reports would be submitted to the state government in due time NAN also reports that the committee was inaugurated by the Administrative Secretary Mr David Adesina on Monday It was mandated among other things to ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees in the state based on each of the forest reserves The Committee was given two weeks to submit its report NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo Govt begins verification of forest allottees
     Ondo State Government has begun the verification of allotees operating in forests in the state as part of efforts to stop conflict of interest between government and allotees The Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry Mr Olayato Aribo at the inauguration of the committee on Tuesday in Akure appreciated the members of the committee for accepting to serve The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee has as its Chairman Mr Anjola Samuel who retired as Director of Forestry in the ministry Aribo said that the exercise would pave way for proper monitoring and evaluation of the forest reserves in the state The commissioner said that the exercise would rid the forest of illegal allottees adding that any allottee who failed to show up for the exercise would be considered as no more interested in his allocation Aribo urged the committee to ensure that all allottees were screened stressing that no genuine allottee should be left out The commissioner charged the committee to do a good job that would stand the test of integrity anytime explaining that he sought to put the records straight as regards logging activities in the state All allottees that do not appear for verification of their forest allocations will be regarded as no longer interested in participating in logging activities in the state and deemed to have forfeited such allocation You must ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees with valid documents and approvals to operate in each forest Also you must ascertain the payment made by each allottee to date and recommend as appropriate the payment of any indebtedness to the state government Come up with a list of all eligible forest allottees in each of the forest reserves and ascertain the numbers of various hammer holder and their indebtedness he said He promised the state government s total support for the committee to achieve the desired goals Speaking on behalf of the committee its chairman Mr Anjola Samuel thanked the Ministry especially the commissioner for counting them worthy by extending his hands of fellowship to them to carry out the assignment He told the commissioner that the committee had invited all allottees and the exercise would be successful saying competent hands were selected to serve on the committee He assured thd state that the committee would deliver on its terms of reference and that its reports would be submitted to the state government in due time NAN also reports that the committee was inaugurated by the Administrative Secretary Mr David Adesina on Monday It was mandated among other things to ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees in the state based on each of the forest reserves The Committee was given two weeks to submit its report NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo Govt begins verification of forest allottees
    General news3 weeks ago

    Ondo Govt begins verification of forest allottees

    Ondo State Government has begun the  verification of allotees operating in forests in the state, as part of efforts to stop conflict of interest between government and allotees.

    The Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Olayato Aribo, at the inauguration of the committee on Tuesday in Akure, appreciated the members of the committee for accepting to serve.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee has as its Chairman, Mr Anjola Samuel, who retired as Director of Forestry in the ministry.

    Aribo said that the exercise would pave way for proper monitoring and evaluation of the forest reserves in the state.

    The commissioner said that the exercise would rid the forest of illegal allottees, adding that any allottee who failed to show up for the exercise would be considered as no more interested in his allocation.

    Aribo urged the committee to ensure that all allottees were screened, stressing that no genuine allottee should be left out.

    The commissioner charged the committee to do a good job that would stand the test of integrity anytime, explaining that he sought to put the records straight as regards logging activities in the state.

    “All allottees that do not appear for verification of their forest allocations will be regarded as no longer interested in participating in logging activities in the state and deemed to have forfeited such allocation.

    ” You must ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees with valid documents and approvals to operate in each forest.

    “Also, you must  ascertain the payment made by each allottee to date and  recommend as appropriate the payment of any indebtedness to the state government.

    “Come up with a list of all eligible forest allottees in each of the forest reserves and  ascertain the numbers of various hammer holder and their indebtedness,” he said.

    He promised the state government’s total support for the committee to achieve the desired goals.

    Speaking on behalf of the committee, its chairman, Mr Anjola  Samuel, thanked the Ministry; especially the commissioner, for counting them worthy by extending his  hands of fellowship to them to carry out the assignment.

    He told the commissioner that the committee had invited all allottees and the exercise would be successful, saying competent hands were selected  to  serve  on the committee.

    He assured  thd state that the committee would deliver on its  terms of reference and that  its reports would be submitted  to the state government in due time.

    NAN also reports that the committee was inaugurated by the Administrative Secretary, Mr David Adesina, on Monday.

    It was mandated, among other things, to ascertain the number of genuine forest allottees in the state based on each of the forest reserves.

    The Committee was given two weeks to submit its report.


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  •  Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has said the Federal Government is considering an upward review of the salary of tertiary institutions lecturers to 23 5 per cent The minister said salaries of professors would also be reviewed by 35 per cent Adamu disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja when he presented the position paper of the government during a meeting between the Federal Government Vice Chancellors and Pro Chancellors of Nigerian public universities Adamu said that President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government would not be able to meet The Federal Government can only afford a 23 5 per cent salary increase for all category of the workforce in federal universities except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35 per cent upward review Henceforth allowances that pertain to ad hoc duties of the academic and non academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform them A sum of N150 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 budget as funds for the revitalisation of federal universities to be disbursed to the institutions in the first quarter of the year Also a sum of N50 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances to be paid in the first quarter of 2023 he said Adamu said the four university based unions had addressed separate letters to the Chairman of the Government Re negotiating Team rejecting government s offer He said they described it as inadequate to meet their respective demands He also said he met the unions to explain the prevailing economic situation limiting the ability of government to accede to all their demands NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Education minister considers review of lecturers’ salaries
     Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has said the Federal Government is considering an upward review of the salary of tertiary institutions lecturers to 23 5 per cent The minister said salaries of professors would also be reviewed by 35 per cent Adamu disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja when he presented the position paper of the government during a meeting between the Federal Government Vice Chancellors and Pro Chancellors of Nigerian public universities Adamu said that President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government would not be able to meet The Federal Government can only afford a 23 5 per cent salary increase for all category of the workforce in federal universities except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35 per cent upward review Henceforth allowances that pertain to ad hoc duties of the academic and non academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform them A sum of N150 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 budget as funds for the revitalisation of federal universities to be disbursed to the institutions in the first quarter of the year Also a sum of N50 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances to be paid in the first quarter of 2023 he said Adamu said the four university based unions had addressed separate letters to the Chairman of the Government Re negotiating Team rejecting government s offer He said they described it as inadequate to meet their respective demands He also said he met the unions to explain the prevailing economic situation limiting the ability of government to accede to all their demands NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Education minister considers review of lecturers’ salaries
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    ASUU Strike: Education minister considers review of lecturers’ salaries

    Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has said the Federal Government is considering an upward review of the salary of tertiary institutions’ lecturers to 23.5 per cent.

    The minister said salaries of professors would also be reviewed by 35 per cent.

    Adamu disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja when he presented the position paper of the government during a meeting between the Federal Government, Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian public universities.

    Adamu said that President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government would not be able to meet.

    “The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5 per cent salary increase for all category of the workforce in federal universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35 per cent upward review.

    “Henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who performthem.

    “A sum of N150 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 budget as funds for the revitalisation of federal universities, to be disbursed to the institutions in the first quarter of the year.

    “Also a sum of N50 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the first quarter of 2023,” he said.

    Adamu said the four university-based unions, had addressed separate letters to the Chairman of the Government Re-negotiating Team rejecting government’s offer.

    He said they described it as inadequate to meet their respective demands.

    He also said he met the  unions to explain the prevailing economic situation limiting the ability of government to accede to all their demands.


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  •  The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC has bagged the Federal Government s level five platinum level organisation award for outstanding performance in good governance and financial accountability The assessment was done by the Bureau of Public Service Reform BPSR from Sept 2021 through the Bureau s Self Assessment Tool SAT initiative Presenting the award and report in Abuja on Tuesday Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said the assessment was drawn from the Federal Government s commitment to ensure improved service delivery in the public service Mustapha represented by Dr Habiba Lawal the Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Coordination congratulated the NDIC for accepting the assessment tool He enjoined all the federal Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to subject themselves to the assessment for improved performance and service delivery Dr Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning commended the NDIC for the achievements Ahmed represented by Mr Stephen Okon the Director Home Finance of the ministry said the appraisal should be constant to maintain the standards Analysing the SAT report the Director General of the BPSR Dr Dasuki Arabi said the Bureau assessed 10 pragmatic areas in the corporation Arabi said the areas assessed included performance management strategic plan budget procurement transparency and accountability among others He said the corporation scored 93 per cent in the assessment for high quality work and hard work by the staff It is worthy of note that NDIC is the first and only agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning which has enthusiastically submitted itself to undergo the assessment The Bureau received a marching order in November 2019 to deploy the tool in all MDAs This is an outstanding pace NDIC has set our humble persuasion is for others to readily emulate it The introduction of SAT at this period to identify strengths and weaknesses of MDAs is a practical effort Public Service Institutions PSIs must key in to if they must redeem their usefulness and relevance This tool which has to its credit a United Nation Award is among the best innovation emanating from the Bureau to rank reposition and reengineer organisational performance for improved service delivery he said He advised the corporation to collaborate more with other agencies of government for effective service delivery Mr Bello Hassan the Managing Director of the NDIC said the SAP initiative would continue to assist the Corporation in evaluating its responsiveness to current government policies Hassan said the award and report would spur the corporation into doing more to achieve its targets We were highly elated for been rated platinum level but I think for us we have a culture of continuous process improvement so we are going to look at the report closely most especially on the recommendations We are going to improve on our weaknesses identified so that when next we are assessed we will do much better Hassan said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SAT report was presented to the corporation by the SGF NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDIC bags FG’s award for good governance, financial accountability
     The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC has bagged the Federal Government s level five platinum level organisation award for outstanding performance in good governance and financial accountability The assessment was done by the Bureau of Public Service Reform BPSR from Sept 2021 through the Bureau s Self Assessment Tool SAT initiative Presenting the award and report in Abuja on Tuesday Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said the assessment was drawn from the Federal Government s commitment to ensure improved service delivery in the public service Mustapha represented by Dr Habiba Lawal the Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Coordination congratulated the NDIC for accepting the assessment tool He enjoined all the federal Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to subject themselves to the assessment for improved performance and service delivery Dr Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning commended the NDIC for the achievements Ahmed represented by Mr Stephen Okon the Director Home Finance of the ministry said the appraisal should be constant to maintain the standards Analysing the SAT report the Director General of the BPSR Dr Dasuki Arabi said the Bureau assessed 10 pragmatic areas in the corporation Arabi said the areas assessed included performance management strategic plan budget procurement transparency and accountability among others He said the corporation scored 93 per cent in the assessment for high quality work and hard work by the staff It is worthy of note that NDIC is the first and only agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning which has enthusiastically submitted itself to undergo the assessment The Bureau received a marching order in November 2019 to deploy the tool in all MDAs This is an outstanding pace NDIC has set our humble persuasion is for others to readily emulate it The introduction of SAT at this period to identify strengths and weaknesses of MDAs is a practical effort Public Service Institutions PSIs must key in to if they must redeem their usefulness and relevance This tool which has to its credit a United Nation Award is among the best innovation emanating from the Bureau to rank reposition and reengineer organisational performance for improved service delivery he said He advised the corporation to collaborate more with other agencies of government for effective service delivery Mr Bello Hassan the Managing Director of the NDIC said the SAP initiative would continue to assist the Corporation in evaluating its responsiveness to current government policies Hassan said the award and report would spur the corporation into doing more to achieve its targets We were highly elated for been rated platinum level but I think for us we have a culture of continuous process improvement so we are going to look at the report closely most especially on the recommendations We are going to improve on our weaknesses identified so that when next we are assessed we will do much better Hassan said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SAT report was presented to the corporation by the SGF NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDIC bags FG’s award for good governance, financial accountability
    Economy3 weeks ago

    NDIC bags FG’s award for good governance, financial accountability

    The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has bagged the Federal Government’s ‘level five’ platinum level organisation award for outstanding performance in good governance and financial accountability.

    The assessment was done by the Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR) from Sept. 2021 through the Bureau’s Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) initiative.

    Presenting the award and report in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the assessment was drawn from the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure improved service delivery in the public service.

    Mustapha, represented by Dr Habiba Lawal, the Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Coordination, congratulated the NDIC for accepting the assessment tool.

    He enjoined all the federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to subject themselves to the assessment for improved performance and service delivery.

    Dr Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, commended the NDIC for the achievements.

    Ahmed, represented by Mr Stephen Okon, the Director, Home Finance of the ministry, said the appraisal should be constant to maintain the standards.

    Analysing the SAT report, the Director-General of the BPSR, Dr Dasuki Arabi, said the Bureau assessed 10 pragmatic areas in the corporation.

    Arabi said the areas assessed included performance management, strategic plan, budget, procurement, transparency and accountability, among others.

    He said the corporation scored 93 per cent in the assessment for high quality work and hard work by the staff.

    ”It is worthy of note that NDIC is the first and only agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning which has enthusiastically submitted itself to undergo the assessment.

    ”The Bureau received a marching order in November, 2019 to deploy the tool in all MDAs. ”This is an outstanding pace NDIC has set, our humble persuasion is for others to readily emulate it.

    ”The introduction of SAT at this period to identify strengths and weaknesses of MDAs is a practical effort Public Service Institutions (PSIs) must key-in to if they must redeem their usefulness and relevance.

    ”This tool, which has to its credit a United Nation Award, is among the best innovation emanating from the Bureau to rank, reposition and reengineer organisational performance for improved service delivery,” he said.

    He advised the corporation to collaborate more with other agencies of government for effective service delivery.

    Mr Bello Hassan, the Managing Director of the NDIC, said the SAP initiative would continue to assist the Corporation in evaluating its responsiveness to current government policies.

    Hassan said the award and report would spur the corporation into doing more to achieve its targets.

    ”We were highly elated for been rated platinum level, but I think for us we have a culture of continuous process improvement, so we are going to look at the report closely most especially on the recommendations.

    ”We are going to improve on our weaknesses identified so that when next we are assessed, we will do much better,” Hassan said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SAT report was presented to the corporation by the SGF.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Police in Ondo State have arrested a 26 year old man Olaolu Falowo for allegedly being in possession of human parts The Police Public Relations Officer SP Funmilayo Odunlami disclosed this while parading nine other criminal suspects before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure Odunlami said that Falowo a resident of Kuseru Village in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State had been in police custody over a case of alleged car theft He said that while in custody a resident reported to the police that an offensive smell was oozing out from Falowo s room Precisely on Aug 31 the Kajola Police Division got a report that an offensive odour was oozing out from Falowo s room After a police search of his house they found two human legs and arms We also found a human scull in a sack in his father s house he said The police spokesman said that upon interrogation Falowo said that the human parts were that of a mad man whom he found sick in the forest Odunlami said that Falowo told the police that he killed the mad man and took his parts in order to reduce his pains and suffering He said that contrary to the suspect s claim a family member of the deceased told the police that he was a farmer and was not sick The spokesperson said that Falowo and his father who were currently in detention would be charged to court after completion of investigation www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest man, 26, over alleged possession of human parts in Ondo State
     The Police in Ondo State have arrested a 26 year old man Olaolu Falowo for allegedly being in possession of human parts The Police Public Relations Officer SP Funmilayo Odunlami disclosed this while parading nine other criminal suspects before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure Odunlami said that Falowo a resident of Kuseru Village in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State had been in police custody over a case of alleged car theft He said that while in custody a resident reported to the police that an offensive smell was oozing out from Falowo s room Precisely on Aug 31 the Kajola Police Division got a report that an offensive odour was oozing out from Falowo s room After a police search of his house they found two human legs and arms We also found a human scull in a sack in his father s house he said The police spokesman said that upon interrogation Falowo said that the human parts were that of a mad man whom he found sick in the forest Odunlami said that Falowo told the police that he killed the mad man and took his parts in order to reduce his pains and suffering He said that contrary to the suspect s claim a family member of the deceased told the police that he was a farmer and was not sick The spokesperson said that Falowo and his father who were currently in detention would be charged to court after completion of investigation www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police arrest man, 26, over alleged possession of human parts in Ondo State
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Police arrest man, 26, over alleged possession of human parts in Ondo State

    The Police in Ondo State have arrested a 26-year old man, Olaolu Falowo, for allegedly being in  possession of human parts.

    The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, disclosed this while parading nine other criminal suspects before newsmen  on Tuesday in Akure.

    Odunlami said that Falowo, a resident of Kuseru Village in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State,  had been in police custody over a case of alleged  car theft.

    He said that while in custody, a resident reported to the police that an offensive smell was oozing out from Falowo’s room.

    ”Precisely on Aug. 31, the Kajola Police Division got a report that an offensive odour was oozing out from Falowo’s room.

    ”After a police search of  his house, they  found two human legs and arms.

    We also found a human scull in a sack in his father’s house,” he said.

    The police spokesman said that upon interrogation, Falowo said that the human parts were that of a mad man whom  he found sick in the forest Odunlami said that Falowo told the police that he killed the mad man and took his parts in order to reduce his pains and suffering.

    He said that contrary to the suspect’s claim, a family member of the deceased told the police that he was a farmer, and was not sick.

    The spokesperson said that Falowo and his father who were currently in detention would be charged to court after completion of  investigation.

    www.  


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  •  The Vice Chancellor Lagos State University LASU Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello said on Tuesday that available statistics pointed to an urgent need for repositioning of universities She spoke at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Research and Development Fair organised by LASU in Lagos The theme of the fair was Repositioning The Nigerian University System For Global Relevance and Competitiveness In Learning Research Innovation And Technological Transfer Olatunji Bello said that the theme of the research fair was apt in face of the not too impressive showing of Nigerian Universities in recent global rankings According to National Universities Commission NUC there are 200 Universities in Nigeria out of which more than 79 are privately owned 43 are Federal owned and 48 are state owned In the 2022 webmetrics ranking there is no single Nigerian University in top 1000 in the world while the highest ranked is the University of Ibadan at 1207 The centre for World University ranking in its 2022 report could not rank any Nigerian University in the first 1000 the highest ranked sits at 1172 she said The vice chancellor said that in a bid to address this LASU had in last few years intensified its effort in research and innovation This she said culminated in the creation of the Directorate of Research Management and Innovation The Senate of this university is instituting a five million naira research grant for cutting edge multidisciplinary researches in the University The directorate is also responsible for reviewing research proposals and ensuring that our academics comply with current ethical consideration We want research to maintain its paramount position in LASU as it is expected in every world class institution of higher learning she said At the event Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals pledged to build and equip a modern 750 seater lecture theatre for the University Orelope Adefulire said this while delivering her keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the event She said that the donation of the lecture theatre was to identify with the ongoing developmental strides in LASU I am always willing and ready to give assistance to the university both at personal and official levels she said The presidential aide said there was a need to prioritise inclusive and quality education for all leaving no one behind My office remains deeply committed to sustaining key partnerships on education to advance the 2030 agenda for sustainable development We are looking forward to seeing the innovative pathways for the education sector that will emerge from this innovation fair Orelope Adefulire said She said that qualitative and inclusive education was a crucial tool for achieving sustainable livelihood and economic prosperity for families and societies However it requires strategic investments through the creation of relevant educational programmes capacity building for academia and provision of modern technology to improve access to learning that will improve research Investment in research for universities is crucial however as Nigeria was grappling to recover from the 2016 economic recession the recovery was impacted by the effect of COVID 19 pandemic It is imperative to reduce these barriers if we truly want to reposition the university in Nigeria she said Orelope Adefulire said that achieving this required collaborative efforts in a whole of society approach to enhance innovation and development among others in all educational sectors in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian varsities’ poor ranking: What LASU is doing — VC
     The Vice Chancellor Lagos State University LASU Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello said on Tuesday that available statistics pointed to an urgent need for repositioning of universities She spoke at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Research and Development Fair organised by LASU in Lagos The theme of the fair was Repositioning The Nigerian University System For Global Relevance and Competitiveness In Learning Research Innovation And Technological Transfer Olatunji Bello said that the theme of the research fair was apt in face of the not too impressive showing of Nigerian Universities in recent global rankings According to National Universities Commission NUC there are 200 Universities in Nigeria out of which more than 79 are privately owned 43 are Federal owned and 48 are state owned In the 2022 webmetrics ranking there is no single Nigerian University in top 1000 in the world while the highest ranked is the University of Ibadan at 1207 The centre for World University ranking in its 2022 report could not rank any Nigerian University in the first 1000 the highest ranked sits at 1172 she said The vice chancellor said that in a bid to address this LASU had in last few years intensified its effort in research and innovation This she said culminated in the creation of the Directorate of Research Management and Innovation The Senate of this university is instituting a five million naira research grant for cutting edge multidisciplinary researches in the University The directorate is also responsible for reviewing research proposals and ensuring that our academics comply with current ethical consideration We want research to maintain its paramount position in LASU as it is expected in every world class institution of higher learning she said At the event Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals pledged to build and equip a modern 750 seater lecture theatre for the University Orelope Adefulire said this while delivering her keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the event She said that the donation of the lecture theatre was to identify with the ongoing developmental strides in LASU I am always willing and ready to give assistance to the university both at personal and official levels she said The presidential aide said there was a need to prioritise inclusive and quality education for all leaving no one behind My office remains deeply committed to sustaining key partnerships on education to advance the 2030 agenda for sustainable development We are looking forward to seeing the innovative pathways for the education sector that will emerge from this innovation fair Orelope Adefulire said She said that qualitative and inclusive education was a crucial tool for achieving sustainable livelihood and economic prosperity for families and societies However it requires strategic investments through the creation of relevant educational programmes capacity building for academia and provision of modern technology to improve access to learning that will improve research Investment in research for universities is crucial however as Nigeria was grappling to recover from the 2016 economic recession the recovery was impacted by the effect of COVID 19 pandemic It is imperative to reduce these barriers if we truly want to reposition the university in Nigeria she said Orelope Adefulire said that achieving this required collaborative efforts in a whole of society approach to enhance innovation and development among others in all educational sectors in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian varsities’ poor ranking: What LASU is doing — VC
    Education3 weeks ago

    Nigerian varsities’ poor ranking: What LASU is doing — VC

    The Vice- Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said on Tuesday that available statistics pointed to an urgent need for repositioning of universities.

    She spoke at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Research and Development Fair, organised by LASU in Lagos.

    The theme of the fair was: “Repositioning The Nigerian University System For Global Relevance and Competitiveness In Learning, Research, Innovation And Technological Transfer”.

    Olatunji-Bello said that the theme of the research fair was apt in face of the not-too- impressive showing of Nigerian Universities in recent global rankings. 

    “According to National Universities Commission (NUC) , there are 200 Universities in Nigeria, out of which more than 79 are privately owned, 43 are Federal owned and 48 are state owned.

    “In the 2022 webmetrics ranking, there is no single Nigerian University in top 1000 in the world, while the highest ranked is the University of Ibadan at 1207. “The centre for World University ranking in its 2022 report could not rank any Nigerian University in the first 1000, the highest ranked sits at 1172,” she said.

    The vice-chancellor said that in a bid to address this, LASU had, in last few years, intensified its effort in research and innovation.

    This, she said, culminated in the creation of the Directorate of Research Management and Innovation.

    “The Senate of this university is instituting a five million naira research grant for cutting- edge multidisciplinary researches in the University.

    “The directorate is also responsible for reviewing research proposals and ensuring that our academics comply with current ethical consideration.

    “We want research to maintain its paramount position in LASU, as it is expected in every world class institution of higher learning,” she said.

    At the event, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, pledged to build and equip a modern 750-seater lecture theatre  for the University.

    Orelope-Adefulire said this while delivering her keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the event.

    She said that the donation of the lecture theatre was to identify with the ongoing developmental strides in LASU.

    “I am always willing and ready to give  assistance to the university, both at personal and official levels,” she said.

    The presidential aide said there was a need to prioritise inclusive and quality education for all, leaving no one behind.

    “My office remains deeply committed to sustaining key partnerships on education to advance the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

    “We are looking forward to seeing the innovative pathways for the education sector that will emerge from this innovation fair,” Orelope-Adefulire said.

    She said that qualitative and inclusive education was a crucial tool for achieving sustainable livelihood and economic prosperity for families and societies.

    “However, it requires strategic investments through the creation of relevant educational programmes; capacity building for academia; and provision of modern technology to improve access to learning that will improve research.

    ” Investment in research for universities is crucial, however, as Nigeria was grappling to recover from the 2016 economic recession, the recovery was impacted by the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

    “It is imperative to reduce these barriers if we truly want to reposition the university in Nigeria,” she said.

    Orelope-Adefulire said that achieving this required collaborative efforts in a whole of society approach, to enhance innovation and development, among others, in all educational sectors in Nigeria.


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  •  The FMDQ Securities Exchange Ltd has approved the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion Commercial Paper CP to boost agriculture productivity This is contained in a statement issued by the company on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Johnvents Industries Ltd is a wholly indigenous owned agribusiness that provides modern information and communication tools macro loans and farm inputs to support farmers and finance their businesses in Nigeria The statement said that the approval was in furtherance of the company s commitment to the transformative development of the Nigerian debt markets The Exchange said that the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion CP programme on its platform would boost agriculture in the country The group noted that access to capital remains a top priority for corporates to fund business expenditure expansion aspirations existing debt obligations It added that the CP programme sponsored by United Capital Plc would avail the issuer the opportunity to raise short term finance from the Nigerian debt markets through CP issuances within the programme limit The statement reiterated that FMDQ Exchange would continue to provide a liquid transparent and efficient market geared toward supporting the aspirations of corporates to unlock the required capital to bridge the funding gap in Nigeria s agriculture sector www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FMDQ approves N30bn Commercial Paper programme to boost agriculture
     The FMDQ Securities Exchange Ltd has approved the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion Commercial Paper CP to boost agriculture productivity This is contained in a statement issued by the company on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Johnvents Industries Ltd is a wholly indigenous owned agribusiness that provides modern information and communication tools macro loans and farm inputs to support farmers and finance their businesses in Nigeria The statement said that the approval was in furtherance of the company s commitment to the transformative development of the Nigerian debt markets The Exchange said that the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion CP programme on its platform would boost agriculture in the country The group noted that access to capital remains a top priority for corporates to fund business expenditure expansion aspirations existing debt obligations It added that the CP programme sponsored by United Capital Plc would avail the issuer the opportunity to raise short term finance from the Nigerian debt markets through CP issuances within the programme limit The statement reiterated that FMDQ Exchange would continue to provide a liquid transparent and efficient market geared toward supporting the aspirations of corporates to unlock the required capital to bridge the funding gap in Nigeria s agriculture sector www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FMDQ approves N30bn Commercial Paper programme to boost agriculture
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    FMDQ approves N30bn Commercial Paper programme to boost agriculture

    The FMDQ Securities Exchange Ltd. has approved the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion Commercial Paper (CP) to boost agriculture productivity.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the company on Tuesday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Johnvents Industries Ltd is a wholly indigenous-owned agribusiness that provides modern information and communication tools, macro-loans, and farm inputs to support farmers and finance their businesses in Nigeria.

    The statement said that the approval was in furtherance of the company’s commitment to the transformative development of the Nigerian debt markets.

    The Exchange said that the registration of the Johnvents Industries Ltd N30 billion CP programme on its platform would boost agriculture in the country.

    The group noted that access to capital remains a top priority for corporates to fund business expenditure, expansion aspirations existing debt obligations.

    It added that the CP programme, sponsored by United Capital Plc, would avail the issuer the opportunity to raise short-term finance from the Nigerian debt markets through CP issuances within the programme limit.

    The statement reiterated that FMDQ Exchange would continue to provide a liquid, transparent and efficient market geared toward supporting the aspirations of corporates to unlock the required capital to bridge the funding gap in Nigeria’s agriculture sector.

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  •  The newly deployed Commissioner of Police in Zamfara Mr Yusuf Kolo has commenced a familiarisation visit to traditional rulers in the state in a bid to seeking their support in tackling insecurity The Command s Public Relations Officer SP Muhammad Shehu said that the commissioner on Tuesday visited the Emir of Anka and Chairman Zamfara Council of Chiefs Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad in his palace The visit was for the CP to familiarise himself with the traditional rulers being among major stakeholders in combating activities of criminal elements across the state The police commissioner thanked the traditional ruler for his support and collaboration with the police and other security agencies in the state The new police commissioner assured him andother traditional rulers in the state of the command s commitment to ending the lingering security challenges bedeviling the state for over a decade Shehu said in a statement The emir of Anka Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad was said to have commended the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba for deploying Mr Kolo Yusuf as commissioner to the state Ahmad promised his palace s readiness to continue to support and cooperate with the police and other security agencies in safeguarding lives and properties of the residents NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : New Zamfara Police Commissioner seeks  traditional rulers’ support
     The newly deployed Commissioner of Police in Zamfara Mr Yusuf Kolo has commenced a familiarisation visit to traditional rulers in the state in a bid to seeking their support in tackling insecurity The Command s Public Relations Officer SP Muhammad Shehu said that the commissioner on Tuesday visited the Emir of Anka and Chairman Zamfara Council of Chiefs Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad in his palace The visit was for the CP to familiarise himself with the traditional rulers being among major stakeholders in combating activities of criminal elements across the state The police commissioner thanked the traditional ruler for his support and collaboration with the police and other security agencies in the state The new police commissioner assured him andother traditional rulers in the state of the command s commitment to ending the lingering security challenges bedeviling the state for over a decade Shehu said in a statement The emir of Anka Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad was said to have commended the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba for deploying Mr Kolo Yusuf as commissioner to the state Ahmad promised his palace s readiness to continue to support and cooperate with the police and other security agencies in safeguarding lives and properties of the residents NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : New Zamfara Police Commissioner seeks  traditional rulers’ support
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Insecurity : New Zamfara Police Commissioner seeks  traditional rulers’ support

    The newly deployed Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Yusuf Kolo, has commenced a  familiarisation visit to  traditional rulers in the state, in a bid  to seeking their support in tackling insecurity.

    The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu, said that the commissioner on Tuesday visited the  Emir of Anka and Chairman, Zamfara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad,  in his palace.

    “The visit was for the CP to familiarise  himself with the traditional rulers being among major stakeholders in combating activities of criminal elements across the state.

    “The police commissioner thanked the traditional ruler for his support and collaboration with the police and other security agencies in the state.

    “The new police commissioner assured him andother traditional rulers in the state  of the  command’s commitment to ending the lingering security challenges bedeviling the state for over a decade,” Shehu said in a statement.

    The emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad,  was said to have  commended the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba,  for deploying Mr Kolo Yusuf as commissioner  to the state.

    Ahmad promised his palace’s readiness to continue to support and cooperate with the police  and other security agencies, in safeguarding lives and properties of the residents.


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  •   Following the announcement of an additional 5 billion for the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance EPSA program https bit ly 3QoLwa2 of the African Development Bank https www AfDB org of the Government of Japan the Bank s Central Africa Regional Development and Business Implementation Office is seeking to engage private sector organizations in the region with economically viable investment projects Serge N Guessan Director General of the African Development Bank for the region said The Bank is very interested in supporting investments by private developers in Central Africa as they are essential for economic growth and job creation in this region important region of the continent The financing of the EPSA Program will contribute enormously to achieving this noble development goal The announcement made in Tunis during the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD8 comprises 4 billion under EPSA 5 2023 2025 and is complemented by 1 billion for a new special window to support African countries undertaking reforms to promote transparency and debt sustainability EPSA 5 aims to address four key priorities energy connectivity health and agriculture and nutrition EPSA s non sovereign operations component helps finance the Bank s private sector operations through a credit line from the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA to the Bank on concessional terms To date seven non sovereign loans have been signed with JICA for a total of 1 5 billion Examples of financed private investment include infrastructure Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station Uganda RASCOM the first pan African communication satellite the East African Submarine Cable System the Lekki Toll Road Nigeria and the Water Supply to Bulk from Kigali Rwanda etc Credit lines for regional development finance institutions went to the West African Development Bank the African Commercial Insurance Agency the Africa Finance Corporation the East African Development Bank and various commercial banks EPSA loans also financed programs to assist small and medium sized enterprises in Tanzania and Zambia as well as sector specific equity funds such as the Africa Agriculture Fund the Emerging Market Fund and equity investments in the creation of the foreign exchange hedging facility TCX Industries also benefited from funding as evidenced by Lake Harvest Zimbabwe aquaculture project OLAM major agricultural company investing in Africa and Moulin Moderne du Mali foodstuffs Interested private developers within the Central Africa region should contact Bappa Se Marc Ghislain email m bappase afdb org
    Enhanced private sector assistance from the African Development Bank to the Central Africa region to strengthen engagement with the private sector
      Following the announcement of an additional 5 billion for the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance EPSA program https bit ly 3QoLwa2 of the African Development Bank https www AfDB org of the Government of Japan the Bank s Central Africa Regional Development and Business Implementation Office is seeking to engage private sector organizations in the region with economically viable investment projects Serge N Guessan Director General of the African Development Bank for the region said The Bank is very interested in supporting investments by private developers in Central Africa as they are essential for economic growth and job creation in this region important region of the continent The financing of the EPSA Program will contribute enormously to achieving this noble development goal The announcement made in Tunis during the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD8 comprises 4 billion under EPSA 5 2023 2025 and is complemented by 1 billion for a new special window to support African countries undertaking reforms to promote transparency and debt sustainability EPSA 5 aims to address four key priorities energy connectivity health and agriculture and nutrition EPSA s non sovereign operations component helps finance the Bank s private sector operations through a credit line from the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA to the Bank on concessional terms To date seven non sovereign loans have been signed with JICA for a total of 1 5 billion Examples of financed private investment include infrastructure Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station Uganda RASCOM the first pan African communication satellite the East African Submarine Cable System the Lekki Toll Road Nigeria and the Water Supply to Bulk from Kigali Rwanda etc Credit lines for regional development finance institutions went to the West African Development Bank the African Commercial Insurance Agency the Africa Finance Corporation the East African Development Bank and various commercial banks EPSA loans also financed programs to assist small and medium sized enterprises in Tanzania and Zambia as well as sector specific equity funds such as the Africa Agriculture Fund the Emerging Market Fund and equity investments in the creation of the foreign exchange hedging facility TCX Industries also benefited from funding as evidenced by Lake Harvest Zimbabwe aquaculture project OLAM major agricultural company investing in Africa and Moulin Moderne du Mali foodstuffs Interested private developers within the Central Africa region should contact Bappa Se Marc Ghislain email m bappase afdb org
    Enhanced private sector assistance from the African Development Bank to the Central Africa region to strengthen engagement with the private sector
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Enhanced private sector assistance from the African Development Bank to the Central Africa region to strengthen engagement with the private sector

    Following the announcement of an additional $5 billion for the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) program (https://bit.ly/3QoLwa2) of the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) of the Government of Japan, the Bank's Central Africa Regional Development and Business Implementation Office is seeking to engage private sector organizations in the region with economically viable investment projects.

    Serge N'Guessan, Director General of the African Development Bank for the region, said: “The Bank is very interested in supporting investments by private developers in Central Africa, as they are essential for economic growth and job creation in this region.

    important region of the continent.

    The financing of the EPSA Program will contribute enormously to achieving this noble development goal.” The announcement, made in Tunis during the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), comprises $4 billion under EPSA 5 (2023-2025), and is complemented by $1 billion for a new special window to support African countries undertaking reforms to promote transparency and debt sustainability.

    EPSA 5 aims to address four key priorities: energy, connectivity, health and agriculture, and nutrition.

    EPSA's non-sovereign operations component helps finance the Bank's private sector operations through a credit line from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Bank on concessional terms.

    To date, seven non-sovereign loans have been signed with JICA for a total of $1.5 billion.

    Examples of financed private investment include infrastructure: Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station (Uganda), RASCOM (the first pan-African communication satellite), the East African Submarine Cable System, the Lekki Toll Road (Nigeria) and the Water Supply to Bulk from Kigali (Rwanda), etc.

    Credit lines for regional development finance institutions went to the West African Development Bank, the African Commercial Insurance Agency, the Africa Finance Corporation, the East African Development Bank and various commercial banks.

    EPSA loans also financed programs to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in Tanzania and Zambia, as well as sector-specific equity funds such as the Africa Agriculture Fund, the Emerging Market Fund, and equity investments in the creation of the foreign exchange hedging facility.

    TCX.

    Industries also benefited from funding, as evidenced by Lake Harvest (Zimbabwe aquaculture project), OLAM (major agricultural company investing in Africa) and Moulin Moderne du Mali (foodstuffs).

    Interested private developers within the Central Africa region should contact: Bappa Se Marc Ghislain, email: m.bappase@afdb.org

  •  NAN The Federal Government through the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment is seeking the cooperation and stakeholders support on the review of Weights and Measurement Act and its subsidiary legislations Mrs Comfort Emenbu Director Weights and Measures Department in the ministry made the call during the North West stakeholders engagement on Tuesday in Kano She said the commitment of the government had informed the decision to meet with stakeholders and seek their input for the review of the Weight and Measure Act It is envisaged that the implementation of the quality policy will bring about the improvement of the quality of products and services which are manufactured or provided in Nigeria she said Represented by Alhaji Auwalu Uba North West Zonal Coordinator of the Department Emenbu said the meeting was necessitated by the need to actualise the implementation of the Nigeria National Quality Policy NNQP approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan 27 2021 According to her the primary purpose of the stakeholders engagement is to provide laws and regulations that will upgrade weights and measures services or the legal metrology practices from global best practices as well as guarantee the quality of Made in Nigeria products The current global trends in weights and measures administration necessitated that certain aspects of the existing Act are to be review to accommodate global best practices in legal metrology Emenbu said According to her the Act is the legislation that confers power on inspectors of the Weights and Measures department to ensure that measurements of trade are accurate fair transparent uniform and legal The director however said the department has transited from the pre colonial usage of traditional weights and measures of imperial weight and measures standards formulated in 1917 to the use of metric units standards and systems of measurement in the post colonial era with effect from Jan 1 1979 Emenbu said that the post colonial system of weights and measurement would enhance trust in trade relations within and outside the country Earlier the Assistant Director Training Legal Metrology Weights and Measures Department Mr Ogheneruemu Okerhe said engaging stakeholders in the current arrangement was crucial for greater input on the reviewed regulations Okerhe said the ministry was engaging stakeholders on the fifth and eighth schedules of the Act with many sectoral bodies within the country He listed five main areas of concern of legal metrology to include units of measurement weighing and measuring instruments measurement processes the person carrying out the measuring process and the net content on pre packaged goods The News Agency of Nigeria report that some of the stakeholders who contributed at the meeting said the standard weight and measures would ensure that people have value for their money They also described the Weights and Measures Department as important towards ensuring effective regulation of producers by enforcing accurate measures RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG rallies support for Weights and Measures Act
     NAN The Federal Government through the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment is seeking the cooperation and stakeholders support on the review of Weights and Measurement Act and its subsidiary legislations Mrs Comfort Emenbu Director Weights and Measures Department in the ministry made the call during the North West stakeholders engagement on Tuesday in Kano She said the commitment of the government had informed the decision to meet with stakeholders and seek their input for the review of the Weight and Measure Act It is envisaged that the implementation of the quality policy will bring about the improvement of the quality of products and services which are manufactured or provided in Nigeria she said Represented by Alhaji Auwalu Uba North West Zonal Coordinator of the Department Emenbu said the meeting was necessitated by the need to actualise the implementation of the Nigeria National Quality Policy NNQP approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan 27 2021 According to her the primary purpose of the stakeholders engagement is to provide laws and regulations that will upgrade weights and measures services or the legal metrology practices from global best practices as well as guarantee the quality of Made in Nigeria products The current global trends in weights and measures administration necessitated that certain aspects of the existing Act are to be review to accommodate global best practices in legal metrology Emenbu said According to her the Act is the legislation that confers power on inspectors of the Weights and Measures department to ensure that measurements of trade are accurate fair transparent uniform and legal The director however said the department has transited from the pre colonial usage of traditional weights and measures of imperial weight and measures standards formulated in 1917 to the use of metric units standards and systems of measurement in the post colonial era with effect from Jan 1 1979 Emenbu said that the post colonial system of weights and measurement would enhance trust in trade relations within and outside the country Earlier the Assistant Director Training Legal Metrology Weights and Measures Department Mr Ogheneruemu Okerhe said engaging stakeholders in the current arrangement was crucial for greater input on the reviewed regulations Okerhe said the ministry was engaging stakeholders on the fifth and eighth schedules of the Act with many sectoral bodies within the country He listed five main areas of concern of legal metrology to include units of measurement weighing and measuring instruments measurement processes the person carrying out the measuring process and the net content on pre packaged goods The News Agency of Nigeria report that some of the stakeholders who contributed at the meeting said the standard weight and measures would ensure that people have value for their money They also described the Weights and Measures Department as important towards ensuring effective regulation of producers by enforcing accurate measures RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG rallies support for Weights and Measures Act
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    FG rallies support for Weights and Measures Act

    NAN) The Federal Government through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is seeking the cooperation and stakeholders support on the review of Weights and Measurement Act and its subsidiary legislations.

    Mrs Comfort Emenbu, Director, Weights and Measures Department in the ministry, made the call during the North-West stakeholders’ engagement on Tuesday in Kano. She said the commitment of the government had informed the decision to meet with stakeholders and seek their input for the review of the Weight and Measure Act. “It is envisaged that the implementation of the quality policy will bring about the improvement of the quality of products and services which are manufactured or provided in Nigeria,” she said.

    Represented by Alhaji Auwalu Uba, North-West Zonal Coordinator of the Department, Emenbu said the meeting was necessitated by the need to actualise the implementation of the Nigeria National Quality Policy (NNQP), approved by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan. 27, 2021. According to her, the primary purpose of the stakeholders’ engagement is to provide laws and regulations that will upgrade weights and measures services or the legal metrology practices from global best practices as well as guarantee the quality of Made-in-Nigeria products.

    “The current global trends in weights and measures administration necessitated that certain aspects of the existing Act are to be review to accommodate global best practices in legal metrology,” Emenbu said.

    According to her, the Act is the legislation that confers power on inspectors of the Weights and Measures department to ensure that measurements of trade are accurate, fair, transparent, uniform and legal.

    The director, however, said the department has transited from the pre-colonial usage of traditional weights and measures of imperial weight and measures standards formulated in 1917, to the use of metric units, standards and systems of measurement in the post-colonial era with effect from Jan. 1, 1979. Emenbu said  that  the post – colonial  system of  weights and measurement would enhance trust in trade relations  within and outside the country.

    Earlier, the Assistant Director, Training, Legal Metrology, Weights and Measures Department, Mr Ogheneruemu Okerhe, said engaging stakeholders in the current arrangement was crucial for greater input on the reviewed  regulations.

    Okerhe said the ministry was engaging stakeholders on the fifth and eighth schedules of the Act, with many sectoral bodies within the country.

    He listed five main areas of concern of legal metrology to include units of measurement, weighing and measuring instruments, measurement processes, the person carrying out the measuring process and the net content on pre-packaged goods.

    The News Agency of Nigeria report that some of the stakeholders who contributed at the meeting, said the standard weight and measures would ensure that people have value for their money.

    They also described the Weights and Measures Department as important towards ensuring effective regulation of producers by enforcing accurate measures.

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  •  The Ondo State Government on Tuesday provided an undisclosed amount to the victims and deceased families of the June 5 attack at St Francis Catholic Church Owo The Chairman of the donation management committee Mr Wale Akinterinwa who led other members to Owo said the move was in fulfillment of Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu s promise to give support to all the victims of the attack Recall that Akeredolu had constituted a committee to manage funds donated by public spirited individuals and corporate organisations into the Owo Terrorists Attack Relief Fund The committee has the Commissioner for Finance Mr Wale Akinterinwa as its Chairman and the members are the Commissioner for Health Dr Banji Ajaka Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Dr Adebunmi Osadahun and the Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties Mr Dare Aragbaiye Others are the Parish Priest of St Francis Catholic Church Owo the representative of the Olowo of Owo Chief Amos Aladesawe and Mr Kayode Edema as Secretary Akinterinwa said that the committee collated the names and addresses of all the victims families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds received so far He said that each of the families of the deceased and the injured had been given cash gifts adding that the disbursement would continue if more funds are received into the account This is another series of support the Ondo State Government is giving to the victims What we have done on this occasion is to collate the names of all the victims families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds we received into the account we opened We feel that it is proper with the approval of the governor to reach out to these families and that is why we are here today We have given each of the deceased families and the injured cash gifts and as we receive more funds into the account we will continue to disburse he said The chairman said that at the end the committee would make public all the funds received and how it was judiciously utilised We on behalf of the state government want to thank all those who have donated we thank them for their immense contributions and God will continue to bless them Also we want to let the members of the public know that the account is still very much open and we are still expecting and willing to receive donations It can never be too much and for those who still want to donate our account will be made available If you go to our website you can still make donations he said Akinterinwa added that some families of the injured and deceased thanked the state government for the relief fund One of the injured Mr Ayo Adetunji said that the incident happened with no prior notice adding that it was God that saved his life Adetunji appreciated the state government for remembering him with the relief fund NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Owo attack: Ondo Govt gives succour to victims, deceased families
     The Ondo State Government on Tuesday provided an undisclosed amount to the victims and deceased families of the June 5 attack at St Francis Catholic Church Owo The Chairman of the donation management committee Mr Wale Akinterinwa who led other members to Owo said the move was in fulfillment of Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu s promise to give support to all the victims of the attack Recall that Akeredolu had constituted a committee to manage funds donated by public spirited individuals and corporate organisations into the Owo Terrorists Attack Relief Fund The committee has the Commissioner for Finance Mr Wale Akinterinwa as its Chairman and the members are the Commissioner for Health Dr Banji Ajaka Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Dr Adebunmi Osadahun and the Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties Mr Dare Aragbaiye Others are the Parish Priest of St Francis Catholic Church Owo the representative of the Olowo of Owo Chief Amos Aladesawe and Mr Kayode Edema as Secretary Akinterinwa said that the committee collated the names and addresses of all the victims families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds received so far He said that each of the families of the deceased and the injured had been given cash gifts adding that the disbursement would continue if more funds are received into the account This is another series of support the Ondo State Government is giving to the victims What we have done on this occasion is to collate the names of all the victims families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds we received into the account we opened We feel that it is proper with the approval of the governor to reach out to these families and that is why we are here today We have given each of the deceased families and the injured cash gifts and as we receive more funds into the account we will continue to disburse he said The chairman said that at the end the committee would make public all the funds received and how it was judiciously utilised We on behalf of the state government want to thank all those who have donated we thank them for their immense contributions and God will continue to bless them Also we want to let the members of the public know that the account is still very much open and we are still expecting and willing to receive donations It can never be too much and for those who still want to donate our account will be made available If you go to our website you can still make donations he said Akinterinwa added that some families of the injured and deceased thanked the state government for the relief fund One of the injured Mr Ayo Adetunji said that the incident happened with no prior notice adding that it was God that saved his life Adetunji appreciated the state government for remembering him with the relief fund NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Owo attack: Ondo Govt gives succour to victims, deceased families
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    Owo attack: Ondo Govt gives succour to victims, deceased families

    The Ondo State Government on Tuesday provided an undisclosed amount to the victims and deceased families of the June 5 attack at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo.The Chairman of the donation management committee, Mr Wale Akinterinwa, who led other members to Owo, said the move was in fulfillment of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s promise to give support to all the victims of the attack.

    Recall that  Akeredolu had constituted a committee to manage funds donated by public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations into the Owo Terrorists Attack Relief Fund.The committee has the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa as its Chairman and the members are; the Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Adebunmi Osadahun; and  the  Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaiye.

    Others are the Parish Priest of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo;  the representative of  the Olowo of Owo, Chief Amos Aladesawe and Mr Kayode Edema as Secretary.

    Akinterinwa said that the committee collated the names and addresses of all the victims, families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds received  so far.

    He said that each of the families of the deceased and the injured had been given cash gifts, adding that the disbursement would continue if more funds are received into the account.

    “This is another series of support the Ondo State Government is giving to the victims.

    “What we have done on this occasion is to collate  the names of all the victims, families of the deceased and the injured based on the funds we received into the account we opened.

    ”We feel that it is proper with the approval of the governor to reach out to these families and that is why we are here today.

    “We have given each of the deceased families and the injured cash gifts and as we receive more funds into the account, we will continue to disburse,” he said.

    The chairman said that at the end, the committee would make public all the funds received and how it was judiciously utilised.

    “We , on behalf of the state government, want to thank all those who have donated, we thank them for their immense contributions and God will continue to bless them.

    “Also, we want to let the  members of the public know that the account is still very much open and we are still expecting and willing to receive donations.

    ”It can never be too much and for those who still want to donate, our account will be made available.

    If you go to our website, you can still make donations,” he said.

    Akinterinwa added that some families of the injured and deceased thanked the state government for the relief fund.

    One of the injured, Mr Ayo Adetunji, said that the incident happened with no prior notice, adding that it was God that saved his life.

    Adetunji appreciated the state government for remembering him with the relief fund.


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