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  •  The Yobe government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation WHO has organised a one day training for community health workers on prevention of epidemics Dr Nuhu Ningi the Coordinator WHO Yobe Field Office disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Damaturu He said the purpose of the training was to empower the health workers who would educate community stakeholders on how to take informed decisions on the prevention of outbreaks Ningi said the decision for the training was as a result of suspected cholera outbreaks in some local government areas in the state He said the participants would reach out to health care givers and community members to give them right information on how those diseases occur and how to prevent them We are actually talking about cholera now but we are taking this opportunity to also educate people on other diseases that pose public health threats They include COVID 19 measles and monkeypox among others so that people become aware of the signs of these diseases So that they can report quickly before they spread to other communities he said Also speaking Mr Satami Hikama Deputy Director Family and Community Health Services Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board said the training became necessary due to reports of cholera cases in some communities in the state He said That is why the state and WHO deemed it fit to engage you to enlighten our communities on these priority diseases Hikama also said that there was the need to include maternal and child health issues More especially the skilled birth attendance is very poor contraception awareness is very poor likewise ANC four visits are not encouraging he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yobe Govt, WHO train health workers on prevention of epidemic
     The Yobe government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation WHO has organised a one day training for community health workers on prevention of epidemics Dr Nuhu Ningi the Coordinator WHO Yobe Field Office disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Damaturu He said the purpose of the training was to empower the health workers who would educate community stakeholders on how to take informed decisions on the prevention of outbreaks Ningi said the decision for the training was as a result of suspected cholera outbreaks in some local government areas in the state He said the participants would reach out to health care givers and community members to give them right information on how those diseases occur and how to prevent them We are actually talking about cholera now but we are taking this opportunity to also educate people on other diseases that pose public health threats They include COVID 19 measles and monkeypox among others so that people become aware of the signs of these diseases So that they can report quickly before they spread to other communities he said Also speaking Mr Satami Hikama Deputy Director Family and Community Health Services Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board said the training became necessary due to reports of cholera cases in some communities in the state He said That is why the state and WHO deemed it fit to engage you to enlighten our communities on these priority diseases Hikama also said that there was the need to include maternal and child health issues More especially the skilled birth attendance is very poor contraception awareness is very poor likewise ANC four visits are not encouraging he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yobe Govt, WHO train health workers on prevention of epidemic
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    Yobe Govt, WHO train health workers on prevention of epidemic

    The Yobe government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has organised a one-day training for community health workers on prevention of epidemics.

    Dr Nuhu Ningi, the Coordinator, WHO Yobe Field Office disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Damaturu.

    He said the purpose of the training was to empower the health workers who would educate community stakeholders on how to take informed decisions on the prevention of outbreaks.

    Ningi said the decision for the training was as a result of suspected cholera outbreaks in some local government areas in the state.

    He said the participants would reach out to health care givers and community members to give them right information on how those diseases occur and how to prevent them.

    “We are actually talking about cholera now but we are taking this opportunity to also educate people on other diseases that pose public health threats.

    “They include  COVID-19, measles and  monkeypox, among others, so that people become aware of the signs of these diseases.

    “So that they can report quickly before they spread to other communities,” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Satami Hikama, Deputy Director, Family and Community Health Services, Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board said the training became necessary due to reports of cholera cases in some communities in the state.

    He said:”That is why the state and WHO deemed it fit to engage you to enlighten our communities on these priority diseases.

    ” Hikama also said that there was the need to include maternal and child health issues.

    “More especially the skilled birth attendance is very poor, contraception awareness is very poor, likewise ANC four visits are not encouraging,” he said.


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  •  Police in Zamfara have arrested members of a gang of hoodlums who specialise in smashing vehicles to steal money Police spokesman SP Muhammad Shehu told newsmen in Gusau on Friday that two AK47 rifles two fabricated guns and 236 pieces of 7 62mm live ammunitions and cash were recovered from the suspects He said police operatives went after a notorious criminal gang led by Alhaji Bello and his gang members to forestall their plan to attack some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of Zamfara N3 5 million was recovered from the suspects Shehu stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police nab Zamfara hoodlums who specialise in larceny
     Police in Zamfara have arrested members of a gang of hoodlums who specialise in smashing vehicles to steal money Police spokesman SP Muhammad Shehu told newsmen in Gusau on Friday that two AK47 rifles two fabricated guns and 236 pieces of 7 62mm live ammunitions and cash were recovered from the suspects He said police operatives went after a notorious criminal gang led by Alhaji Bello and his gang members to forestall their plan to attack some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of Zamfara N3 5 million was recovered from the suspects Shehu stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police nab Zamfara hoodlums who specialise in larceny
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    Police nab Zamfara hoodlums who specialise in larceny

    Police in Zamfara have arrested members of a gang of hoodlums who specialise in smashing vehicles to steal money.

    Police spokesman, SP Muhammad Shehu, told newsmen in Gusau on Friday that two AK47 rifles, two fabricated guns and 236 pieces of 7.62mm live ammunitions and cash were recovered from the suspects.

    He said police operatives went after a notorious criminal gang, led by `Alhaji Bello’ and his gang members to forestall their plan to attack some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

    “N3.5 million was recovered from the suspects, Shehu stated.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Government and people of Adamawa over the passing of an illustrious son Chief Timawus Mathias aged 73 Late Mathias served the country as a broadcaster writer and media consultant for more than fifty years In a condolence message signed by his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja Buhari said he shared the pain of loss with family members particularly his wife of close to five decades Betty the Haman Bachama and the Bachama Traditional Council The president extolled Mathias for dedicating his life to service of the country starting out at a young age with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria before moving to the Nigerian Television Authority NTA and hitting the limelight with Verdict 83 in 1983 Buhari believed the multi talented journalist whose versatility stretched into music contributed to the vibrancy and dynamism of Nigerian media He saluted Mathias for remaining relevant in writing columns for newspapers and treads on social media while providing expert guidance on communication to many public and private institutions The president affirmed that the veteran journalist who had two media stations in Yola NTA and AIT named after him would always be remembered for the value he added to the lives of many home and abroad President Buhari prayed that almighty God would accept the soul of Mathias and comfort his family NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari mourns veteran broadcaster, Timawus Mathias
     President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Government and people of Adamawa over the passing of an illustrious son Chief Timawus Mathias aged 73 Late Mathias served the country as a broadcaster writer and media consultant for more than fifty years In a condolence message signed by his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja Buhari said he shared the pain of loss with family members particularly his wife of close to five decades Betty the Haman Bachama and the Bachama Traditional Council The president extolled Mathias for dedicating his life to service of the country starting out at a young age with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria before moving to the Nigerian Television Authority NTA and hitting the limelight with Verdict 83 in 1983 Buhari believed the multi talented journalist whose versatility stretched into music contributed to the vibrancy and dynamism of Nigerian media He saluted Mathias for remaining relevant in writing columns for newspapers and treads on social media while providing expert guidance on communication to many public and private institutions The president affirmed that the veteran journalist who had two media stations in Yola NTA and AIT named after him would always be remembered for the value he added to the lives of many home and abroad President Buhari prayed that almighty God would accept the soul of Mathias and comfort his family NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari mourns veteran broadcaster, Timawus Mathias
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    Buhari mourns veteran broadcaster, Timawus Mathias

    President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Government and people of Adamawa over the passing of an illustrious son, Chief Timawus Mathias, aged 73. Late Mathias served the country as a broadcaster, writer and media consultant for more than fifty years.

    In a condolence message signed by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja, Buhari said he shared the pain of loss with family members, particularly his wife of close to five decades, Betty, the Haman Bachama and the Bachama Traditional Council.

    The president extolled Mathias for dedicating his life to service of the country, starting out at a young age with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, before moving to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA and hitting the limelight with Verdict’83 in 1983. Buhari believed the multi-talented journalist, whose versatility stretched into music, contributed to the vibrancy and dynamism of Nigerian media.

    He saluted Mathias for remaining relevant in writing columns for newspapers and treads on social media, while providing expert guidance on communication to many public and private institutions.

    The president  affirmed that the veteran journalist, who had two media stations in Yola, NTA and AIT named after him, would always be remembered for the value he added to the lives of many, home and abroad.

    President Buhari prayed that almighty God would accept the soul of Mathias and comfort his family.


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  •  A UN appointed independent human rights expert Ms Claudia Mahler has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the pending Older Persons Bill Rights and Privileges Mahler who made the call on Friday at the end of her 12 day visit to Nigeria said signing the Bill into law would be part of the extended legacy of Buhari to promote the rights of older persons Mahler in a statement said the Older Persons Bill once signed into law would offer the most comprehensive legal framework ever available for older persons in the country addressing among others the social and economic challenges triggered by ageing The absence of social protection floors including a regular distribution of pensions contribute to the difficulty that older persons face in accessing social services including appropriate healthcare various care options and adequate housing Older people in vulnerable situations especially those with disabilities internally displaced and living below the poverty line should be prioritised by the government when implementing legal and policy tools Continued efforts along with political will and appropriate budgeting must be strengthened to ensure that legal and policy safeguards protect the rights of all older persons all over the Nigerian territory in practice This should be done indistinctive of their sex gender ethnicity religion disability and their living and economic situations the expert underscored Mahler said Nigeria must implement already adopted measures to protect older persons against ageism and age discrimination both of which are still prevalent Mahler said in spite of commendable progress on legal and policy safeguards for older persons the country should advance more Mahler the independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights for older persons said as well as ageism and age discrimination even among government officials violence against older persons was an unspoken reality She welcomed the government s progressive efforts in combatting poverty security concerns economic crisis and gender based inequalities faced by many older people The expert hoped the efforts would translate into the adoption of the National Senior Citizens Centre Act and the establishment of a dedicated Centre at Federal Government level to ensure that the human rights of older persons were mainstreamed in all programmes and activities During her visit Mahler met with various government authorities at federal and state levels civil society stakeholders working on the rights of older persons and the elderly themselves She will present a comprehensive report of her findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2023 I hope my report and recommendations will assist the country to reduce inequalities and ensure a life in dignity for all older persons in the country concluded the independent expert Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work nanenws ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN expert urges Buhari to pass bill on older persons
     A UN appointed independent human rights expert Ms Claudia Mahler has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the pending Older Persons Bill Rights and Privileges Mahler who made the call on Friday at the end of her 12 day visit to Nigeria said signing the Bill into law would be part of the extended legacy of Buhari to promote the rights of older persons Mahler in a statement said the Older Persons Bill once signed into law would offer the most comprehensive legal framework ever available for older persons in the country addressing among others the social and economic challenges triggered by ageing The absence of social protection floors including a regular distribution of pensions contribute to the difficulty that older persons face in accessing social services including appropriate healthcare various care options and adequate housing Older people in vulnerable situations especially those with disabilities internally displaced and living below the poverty line should be prioritised by the government when implementing legal and policy tools Continued efforts along with political will and appropriate budgeting must be strengthened to ensure that legal and policy safeguards protect the rights of all older persons all over the Nigerian territory in practice This should be done indistinctive of their sex gender ethnicity religion disability and their living and economic situations the expert underscored Mahler said Nigeria must implement already adopted measures to protect older persons against ageism and age discrimination both of which are still prevalent Mahler said in spite of commendable progress on legal and policy safeguards for older persons the country should advance more Mahler the independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights for older persons said as well as ageism and age discrimination even among government officials violence against older persons was an unspoken reality She welcomed the government s progressive efforts in combatting poverty security concerns economic crisis and gender based inequalities faced by many older people The expert hoped the efforts would translate into the adoption of the National Senior Citizens Centre Act and the establishment of a dedicated Centre at Federal Government level to ensure that the human rights of older persons were mainstreamed in all programmes and activities During her visit Mahler met with various government authorities at federal and state levels civil society stakeholders working on the rights of older persons and the elderly themselves She will present a comprehensive report of her findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2023 I hope my report and recommendations will assist the country to reduce inequalities and ensure a life in dignity for all older persons in the country concluded the independent expert Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work nanenws ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN expert urges Buhari to pass bill on older persons
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    UN expert urges Buhari to pass bill on older persons

    A UN-appointed independent human rights expert, Ms Claudia Mahler, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the pending Older Persons Bill (Rights and Privileges).

    Mahler, who made the call on Friday at the end of her 12-day visit to Nigeria, said signing the Bill into law would be part of the extended legacy of Buhari to promote the rights of older persons.

    Mahler, in a statement, said the Older Persons Bill once signed into law would offer the most comprehensive legal framework ever available for older persons in the country, addressing among others, the social and economic challenges triggered by ageing.

    The absence of social protection floors, including a regular distribution of pensions, contribute to the difficulty that older persons face in accessing social services, including appropriate healthcare, various care options, and adequate housing.

    Older people in vulnerable situations – especially those with disabilities, internally displaced and living below the poverty line – should be prioritised by the government when implementing legal and policy tools.

    “Continued efforts, along with political will and appropriate budgeting, must be strengthened to ensure that legal and policy safeguards protect the rights of all older persons all over the Nigerian territory in practice.

    “This should be done indistinctive of their sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, and their living and economic situations,” the expert underscored.

    Mahler said Nigeria must implement already adopted measures to protect older persons against ageism and age discrimination, both of which are still prevalent.

    Mahler said in spite of commendable progress on legal and policy safeguards for older persons, the country should advance more.

    Mahler, the independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights for older persons, said as well as ageism and age-discrimination, even among government officials, violence against older persons was an unspoken reality.

    She welcomed the government’s progressive efforts in combatting poverty, security concerns, economic crisis, and gender-based inequalities faced by many older people.

    The expert hoped the efforts would translate into the adoption of the National Senior Citizens Centre Act and the establishment of a dedicated Centre at Federal Government level to ensure that the human rights of older persons were mainstreamed in all programmes and activities.

    During her visit, Mahler met with various government authorities at federal and state levels, civil society, stakeholders working on the rights of older persons and the elderly themselves.

    She will present a comprehensive report of her findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2023. “I hope my report and recommendations will assist the country to reduce inequalities and ensure a life in dignity for all older persons in the country,” concluded the independent expert.

    Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.

    The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work.

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  •  Dr Claudia Mahler the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of older persons has called on the Federal Government to step up efforts in the payment of pension to older persons Mahler made the call on Friday in Abuja at a news conference on her 12 day experiences in Nigeria to access issues concerning older persons In my 12 days in Nigeria I have been to Abuja Lagos Ibadan and Makurdi where I met with different stakeholders civil servants agencies CSOs and older persons themselves My visit was to access the level of enjoyment of human rights of older persons From estimation in 2050 there might be 25 3 million older persons in Nigeria You can see there is a huge demography change that is why I came to Nigeria to raise awareness because the demography change is a global issue Social protection and pension is an issue I was informed that many older persons wait for long time sometimes for years to get their pension allowances That is why I also urge the Federal Government to step up its efforts to ensure the establishment of a strong inclusive and steady protection system including payment of pension allowances to all older persons who are entitled Mahler said She said other issues that she observed were ageism which had to do with widespread of negative stereotype against older persons and healthcare for older persons According to her most people in Nigeria see older persons as beneficiaries who should be taken care of But I can assure you that older persons are entitled to human rights for the rest of their lives I also observed that healthcare for older persons is still scarce They go to the General Hospital for treatment by personnel that may not have the capacity to deal with illness peculiar to older persons And sometimes older persons wait a long time to see a medical doctor At times they face serious obstacle to get the right treatment However Nigeria has strong economy in Africa and the country has commitment to legal and implementable framework on issues concerning the protection of older persons The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC Act is the first law in African State which protects human rights of older persons and it has mainstreamed older persons into all areas of policy she said She said NSCC has been doing a lot on working with stakeholders on ground to get first hand information and bring effective and inclusive programme to older persons I was very happy to see that NSCC has signed Memorandum of Understanding with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and many others to include healthcare services to older persons in the rural areas Mahler stressed that Nigeria was diverse in language culture and geography adding that her report would be submitted in September 2023 to the Human Rights Council NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN tasks FG on payment of pension to older persons
     Dr Claudia Mahler the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of older persons has called on the Federal Government to step up efforts in the payment of pension to older persons Mahler made the call on Friday in Abuja at a news conference on her 12 day experiences in Nigeria to access issues concerning older persons In my 12 days in Nigeria I have been to Abuja Lagos Ibadan and Makurdi where I met with different stakeholders civil servants agencies CSOs and older persons themselves My visit was to access the level of enjoyment of human rights of older persons From estimation in 2050 there might be 25 3 million older persons in Nigeria You can see there is a huge demography change that is why I came to Nigeria to raise awareness because the demography change is a global issue Social protection and pension is an issue I was informed that many older persons wait for long time sometimes for years to get their pension allowances That is why I also urge the Federal Government to step up its efforts to ensure the establishment of a strong inclusive and steady protection system including payment of pension allowances to all older persons who are entitled Mahler said She said other issues that she observed were ageism which had to do with widespread of negative stereotype against older persons and healthcare for older persons According to her most people in Nigeria see older persons as beneficiaries who should be taken care of But I can assure you that older persons are entitled to human rights for the rest of their lives I also observed that healthcare for older persons is still scarce They go to the General Hospital for treatment by personnel that may not have the capacity to deal with illness peculiar to older persons And sometimes older persons wait a long time to see a medical doctor At times they face serious obstacle to get the right treatment However Nigeria has strong economy in Africa and the country has commitment to legal and implementable framework on issues concerning the protection of older persons The National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC Act is the first law in African State which protects human rights of older persons and it has mainstreamed older persons into all areas of policy she said She said NSCC has been doing a lot on working with stakeholders on ground to get first hand information and bring effective and inclusive programme to older persons I was very happy to see that NSCC has signed Memorandum of Understanding with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and many others to include healthcare services to older persons in the rural areas Mahler stressed that Nigeria was diverse in language culture and geography adding that her report would be submitted in September 2023 to the Human Rights Council NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN tasks FG on payment of pension to older persons
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    UN tasks FG on payment of pension to older persons

    Dr Claudia Mahler,  the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of older persons has called on the Federal Government to step up efforts in the payment of pension to older persons.

    Mahler made the call on Friday in Abuja at a news conference on her 12-day experiences in Nigeria to access issues concerning older persons.  

    “In my 12 days in Nigeria, I have been to Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and Makurdi where I met with different stakeholders, civil servants, agencies, CSOs and older persons themselves.  

    “My visit was to access the level of enjoyment of human rights of older persons.

    From estimation, in 2050, there might be 25.3 million older persons in Nigeria.  

    “You can see there is a huge demography change, that is why I came to Nigeria to raise awareness, because the demography change is a global issue.   

    “Social protection and pension is an issue.

    I was informed that many older persons wait for long time, sometimes for years to get their pension allowances.  

    “That is why I also urge the Federal Government to step up its efforts to ensure the establishment of a strong, inclusive and steady protection system, including payment of pension allowances to all older persons who are entitled,” Mahler said.  

    She said other issues that she observed were ageism which had to do with widespread of negative stereotype against older persons and healthcare for older persons.  

    According to her, most people in Nigeria see older persons as beneficiaries who should be taken care of.  

    “But I can assure you that older persons are entitled to human rights for the rest of their lives.  

    “I also observed that healthcare for older persons is still scarce.

    They go to the General Hospital for treatment by personnel that may not have the capacity to deal with illness peculiar to older persons.  

    “And sometimes, older persons wait a long time to see a medical doctor.

    At times, they face serious obstacle to get the right treatment.  

    “However, Nigeria has strong economy in Africa and the country has commitment to legal and implementable framework on issues concerning the protection of older persons.   

    “The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) Act is the first law in African State which protects human rights of older persons and it has mainstreamed older persons into all areas of policy,” she said.  

    She said NSCC has been doing a lot on working with stakeholders on ground to get first hand information and bring effective and inclusive programme to older persons.  

    “I was very happy to see that NSCC has signed Memorandum of Understanding with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and many others to include healthcare services to older persons in the rural areas.

    ”   Mahler stressed that Nigeria was diverse in language, culture and geography, adding that her report would be submitted in September 2023 to the Human Rights Council.  


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  •  The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA Commanding Officer Forward Operating Base FOB Badagry of the navy Capt James Otache said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity Our men will continue to monitor the waterways creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods he stressed I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness Otache said In his remarks the Chief Superintendent Narcotics at the NDLEA Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too Maiyami said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA
     The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA Commanding Officer Forward Operating Base FOB Badagry of the navy Capt James Otache said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity Our men will continue to monitor the waterways creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods he stressed I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness Otache said In his remarks the Chief Superintendent Narcotics at the NDLEA Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too Maiyami said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA
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    Navy hands over 627 bags of smuggled rice, Indian hemp to Customs, NDLEA

    The Nigerian Navy on Friday handed over 627 bags of smuggled parboiled rice, 57 parcels of Indian hemp and one suspect to the Nigerian Customs Service and the NDLEA.

    Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Badagry of the navy, Capt. James Otache, said the handover was the outcome of aggressive patrols by the Navy to checkmate economic saboteurs and drug traffickers.

    He said the Navy handed over 351 bags of smuggled rice and 41 parcels of Indian hemp to the appropriate authorities in August.

    “The Nigerian Navy is always ready to thwart any illegality through persistent and aggressive patrol to enforce national laws to engender economic growth and national prosperity.

    “Our men will continue to monitor the waterways, creeks and Badagry Coastline to keep these unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals at bay.

    “These arrests will send a strong signal to the local criminal syndicates and their international collaborators that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for illegal goods,’’ he stressed.

    “I thank the Chief of Naval Staff for giving us the needed support to discharge our responsibility to the nation and I commend the officers and men of the unit for their resilience and doggedness,’’ Otache said.

    In his remarks, the Chief Superintendent, Narcotics at the NDLEA, Mr Abdul Maiyaki said that the agency would leave no stone unturned in tracking down drug cartels.

    “The synergy between sister agencies is very cordial and robust.

    I thank the Commanding Officer of FOB Badagry for his wonderful support and also, the Nigerian Customs Service for their great efforts too,’’ Maiyami said.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says despite the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory The president stated this at the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on the National Economy on Friday in Abuja According to him the COVID 19 pandemic the war in Ukraine and the loss of substantial volumes of oil have had negative impacts on the Nigerian economy He said Starting with COVID 19 and now the conflict in Ukraine the past three years have been turbulent ones for the global economy Global interdependence has become more apparent as we have had to deal with volatility uncertainty complexity and ambiguity In this period challenges faced by the world have been many including lockdowns as COVID 19 raged disruptions to supply chains around the world and sharp fluctuations in prices Just as the world was beginning to recover from the coronavirus the conflict in the Black Sea region between Ukraine and Russia worsened the challenges already being faced and created additional problems to which policy makers are having to respond Our economy continues to grow despite the adverse effects of rising interest rates a stronger US dollar and higher inflation across the world Buhari noted however that some of the problems could be addressed internally making the constitution of the seasoned economic expert s expedient It is however important to note that some of the issues we must address are peculiar to us For example the decline in our production of crude oil It is estimated that last month August 2022 we produced less than 1mn barrels The fall in production is essentially due to economic sabotage With the high price of oil in the world markets producing at about half our OPEC quota has deprived us of much needed revenue and foreign exchange Government is working tirelessly to reverse this situation said Buhari He however assured Nigerians that despite these hiccups necessitating borrowings from financial sources the current administration remains committed to the welfare of the citizens especially the implementation of the Social Investment Programmes While citizens concern about borrowing is well understood our resort to borrowing must also be appreciated in the context of the resources required to deliver on the infrastructure health and other socio economic needs of our citizens It remains a major goal of this administration to continue pursuing its social protection programmes These programmes provide support to the most vulnerable of our citizens The Nigerian leader stressed the need to upscale resource mobilisation and utilisation in the country as more could be achieved in this direction According to him his administration is also not unaware of the debates about resource mobilisation and utilisation On resource mobilisation our performance as a nation continues to be a source of concern Tax revenues are approximately 8 per cent of our output This compares very badly with those countries against which we measure ourselves that achieve 15 25 per cent In the absence of revenue our ability to deliver the most basic services is limited he added According to the president while he understands the concerns arising from the huge expenditure on fuel subsidy it is expedient that a right balance be struck not to scare away investors He said With respect to expenditure our objective remains to ensure that spending is efficient and result oriented In this regard the debate around fuel subsidies is well noted However the right balance needs to be struck to ensure that as we protect our citizens we do not leave room for inefficiencies and leakages It is also important to ensure that our national investment environment is such that local and international private investors can be attracted and retained Sustainably dealing with the challenge of policy predictability and coherence is an important element in this regard On the mandate and constitution of the Committee under his headship with representations from state governors the president said he was convinced that it would deliver as expected for the benefit of the populace The Presidential Committee of the National Economy which I am inaugurating today aims to bring together all policy makers responsible for the economy In this way we share a common understanding and approach to resolving the issues I have identified and many more This Committee will provide our nation an opportunity to be bold more proactive and innovative in tackling persistent challenges The work with which I have tasked the assembled team will enable us respond more swiftly and efficiently the president said Presentations were made at the event by Dr Doyin Salami Chief Economic Adviser to the President Mrs Zainab Ahmed Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Otunba Niyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment as well as Mr Godwin Emefiele Governor Central Bank of Nigeria Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal represented Chairman of the Governors Forum The Presidential Committee on the Economy is chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and has as members the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo Kayode Fayemi Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum Dr Mrs Zainab Ahmed Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Niyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment and Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Other members include Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation Prof Ibrahim Gambari Chief of Staff to the President Mr Godwin Emefiele Governor of the CBN and Dr Mohammed Sagagi Vice Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council The Chief Economic Adviser to the President Dr Doyin Salami is of the Committee The Presidential Committee will review the national economic situation and propose measures to ensure the national economy improves and can meet the government s objectives The Committee will also receive regular updates on economic conditions in the country identify issues that require urgent intervention to improve macroeconomic and fiscal conditions review the impact of existing and new policies on the Nigerian economy It also provides directions to relevant institutions responsible for fiscal monetary and any other relevant policies Against the background of recent developments in the global economy and its impact on Nigeria s economic trajectory this Presidential Committee is another clear demonstration of Mr President s total commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian economy successfully navigates through these difficult times It will be an economic emergency room that will work towards keeping Nigeria on the path of economic recovery and growth global competitiveness as well as inclusive development and sustainability NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Despite strong headwinds, Nigeria’s economy continues to grow – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says despite the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory The president stated this at the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on the National Economy on Friday in Abuja According to him the COVID 19 pandemic the war in Ukraine and the loss of substantial volumes of oil have had negative impacts on the Nigerian economy He said Starting with COVID 19 and now the conflict in Ukraine the past three years have been turbulent ones for the global economy Global interdependence has become more apparent as we have had to deal with volatility uncertainty complexity and ambiguity In this period challenges faced by the world have been many including lockdowns as COVID 19 raged disruptions to supply chains around the world and sharp fluctuations in prices Just as the world was beginning to recover from the coronavirus the conflict in the Black Sea region between Ukraine and Russia worsened the challenges already being faced and created additional problems to which policy makers are having to respond Our economy continues to grow despite the adverse effects of rising interest rates a stronger US dollar and higher inflation across the world Buhari noted however that some of the problems could be addressed internally making the constitution of the seasoned economic expert s expedient It is however important to note that some of the issues we must address are peculiar to us For example the decline in our production of crude oil It is estimated that last month August 2022 we produced less than 1mn barrels The fall in production is essentially due to economic sabotage With the high price of oil in the world markets producing at about half our OPEC quota has deprived us of much needed revenue and foreign exchange Government is working tirelessly to reverse this situation said Buhari He however assured Nigerians that despite these hiccups necessitating borrowings from financial sources the current administration remains committed to the welfare of the citizens especially the implementation of the Social Investment Programmes While citizens concern about borrowing is well understood our resort to borrowing must also be appreciated in the context of the resources required to deliver on the infrastructure health and other socio economic needs of our citizens It remains a major goal of this administration to continue pursuing its social protection programmes These programmes provide support to the most vulnerable of our citizens The Nigerian leader stressed the need to upscale resource mobilisation and utilisation in the country as more could be achieved in this direction According to him his administration is also not unaware of the debates about resource mobilisation and utilisation On resource mobilisation our performance as a nation continues to be a source of concern Tax revenues are approximately 8 per cent of our output This compares very badly with those countries against which we measure ourselves that achieve 15 25 per cent In the absence of revenue our ability to deliver the most basic services is limited he added According to the president while he understands the concerns arising from the huge expenditure on fuel subsidy it is expedient that a right balance be struck not to scare away investors He said With respect to expenditure our objective remains to ensure that spending is efficient and result oriented In this regard the debate around fuel subsidies is well noted However the right balance needs to be struck to ensure that as we protect our citizens we do not leave room for inefficiencies and leakages It is also important to ensure that our national investment environment is such that local and international private investors can be attracted and retained Sustainably dealing with the challenge of policy predictability and coherence is an important element in this regard On the mandate and constitution of the Committee under his headship with representations from state governors the president said he was convinced that it would deliver as expected for the benefit of the populace The Presidential Committee of the National Economy which I am inaugurating today aims to bring together all policy makers responsible for the economy In this way we share a common understanding and approach to resolving the issues I have identified and many more This Committee will provide our nation an opportunity to be bold more proactive and innovative in tackling persistent challenges The work with which I have tasked the assembled team will enable us respond more swiftly and efficiently the president said Presentations were made at the event by Dr Doyin Salami Chief Economic Adviser to the President Mrs Zainab Ahmed Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Otunba Niyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment as well as Mr Godwin Emefiele Governor Central Bank of Nigeria Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal represented Chairman of the Governors Forum The Presidential Committee on the Economy is chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and has as members the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo Kayode Fayemi Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum Dr Mrs Zainab Ahmed Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Niyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment and Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Other members include Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation Prof Ibrahim Gambari Chief of Staff to the President Mr Godwin Emefiele Governor of the CBN and Dr Mohammed Sagagi Vice Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council The Chief Economic Adviser to the President Dr Doyin Salami is of the Committee The Presidential Committee will review the national economic situation and propose measures to ensure the national economy improves and can meet the government s objectives The Committee will also receive regular updates on economic conditions in the country identify issues that require urgent intervention to improve macroeconomic and fiscal conditions review the impact of existing and new policies on the Nigerian economy It also provides directions to relevant institutions responsible for fiscal monetary and any other relevant policies Against the background of recent developments in the global economy and its impact on Nigeria s economic trajectory this Presidential Committee is another clear demonstration of Mr President s total commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian economy successfully navigates through these difficult times It will be an economic emergency room that will work towards keeping Nigeria on the path of economic recovery and growth global competitiveness as well as inclusive development and sustainability NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Despite strong headwinds, Nigeria’s economy continues to grow – Buhari
    General news2 weeks ago

    Despite strong headwinds, Nigeria’s economy continues to grow – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says despite the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles, the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory.

    The president stated this at the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on the National Economy, on Friday in Abuja.

    According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the loss of substantial volumes of oil have had negative impacts on the Nigerian economy.

    He said: “Starting with COVID-19 and now the conflict in Ukraine, the past three years have been turbulent ones for the global economy.

    Global interdependence has become more apparent as we have had to deal with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

    “In this period, challenges faced by the world have been many including: lockdowns as COVID-19 raged; disruptions to supply chains around the world, and sharp fluctuations in prices.

    “Just as the world was beginning to recover from the coronavirus, the conflict in the Black Sea region between Ukraine and Russia worsened the challenges already being faced and created additional problems to which policy makers are having to respond.

    “Our economy continues to grow despite the adverse effects of rising interest rates, a stronger US dollar and higher inflation across the world.

    ” Buhari noted, however, that some of the problems could be addressed internally, making the constitution of the seasoned economic expert’s expedient.

    “It is, however, important to note that some of the issues we must address are peculiar to us.

    “For example, the decline in our production of crude oil.

    It is estimated that last month, August 2022, we produced less than 1mn barrels.

    The fall in production is essentially due to economic sabotage.

    “With the high price of oil in the world markets, producing at about half our OPEC quota has deprived us of much needed revenue and foreign exchange.

    Government is working tirelessly to reverse this situation,” said Buhari.

    He, however, assured Nigerians that despite these hiccups, necessitating borrowings from financial sources, “the current administration remains committed to the welfare of the citizens, especially the implementation of the Social Investment Programmes.

    “While citizens’ concern about borrowing is well understood, our resort to borrowing must also be appreciated in the context of the resources required to deliver on the infrastructure, health and other socio-economic needs of our citizens.

    “It remains a major goal of this administration to continue pursuing its social protection programmes.

    “These programmes provide support to the most vulnerable of our citizens.

    ” The Nigerian leader stressed the need to upscale resource mobilisation and utilisation in the country as more could be achieved in this direction.

    According to him, his administration is also not unaware of the debates about resource mobilisation and utilisation.

    “On resource mobilisation, our performance as a nation continues to be a source of concern.

    “Tax revenues are approximately 8 per cent of our output.

    This compares very badly with those countries against which we measure ourselves that achieve 15-25 per cent.

    “In the absence of revenue, our ability to deliver the most basic services is limited,” he added.

    According to the president, while he understands the concerns arising from the huge expenditure on fuel subsidy, it is expedient that a right balance be struck not to scare away investors.

    He said: “With respect to expenditure, our objective remains to ensure that spending is efficient and result oriented.

    In this regard, the debate around fuel subsidies is well noted.

    “However, the right balance needs to be struck to ensure that as we protect our citizens, we do not leave room for inefficiencies and leakages.

    “It is also important to ensure that our national investment environment is such that local and international private investors can be attracted and retained.

    “Sustainably dealing with the challenge of policy predictability and coherence is an important element in this regard.

    ” On the mandate and constitution of the Committee under his headship with representations from state governors, the president said he was convinced that it would deliver as expected for the benefit of the populace.

    “The Presidential Committee of the National Economy, which I am inaugurating today, aims to bring together all policy makers responsible for the economy.

    “In this way, we share a common understanding and approach to resolving the issues I have identified and many more.

    “This Committee will provide our nation an opportunity to be bold, more proactive, and innovative in tackling persistent challenges.

    “The work with which I have tasked the assembled team will enable us respond more swiftly and efficiently,” the president said.

    Presentations were made at the event by Dr Doyin Salami, Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, as well as Mr Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.

    Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, represented Chairman of the Governors Forum.

    The Presidential Committee on the Economy is chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and has as members the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Kayode Fayemi, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum; Dr. Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning; Niyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; and Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum.

    Other members include: Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President; Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the CBN and Dr Mohammed Sagagi, Vice Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

    The Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Dr Doyin Salami, is of the Committee.

    The Presidential Committee will review the national economic situation and propose measures to ensure the national economy improves and can meet the government’s objectives.

    The Committee will also receive regular updates on economic conditions in the country, identify issues that require urgent intervention to improve macroeconomic and fiscal conditions, review the impact of existing and new policies on the Nigerian economy.

    It also provides directions to relevant institutions responsible for fiscal, monetary, and any other relevant policies.

    Against the background of recent developments in the global economy and its impact on Nigeria’s economic trajectory, this Presidential Committee is another clear demonstration of Mr President’s total commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian economy successfully navigates through these difficult times.

    It will be an “economic emergency room” that will work towards keeping Nigeria on the path of economic recovery and growth, global competitiveness as well as inclusive development and sustainability.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Naira on Friday lost slightly to the dollar exchanging at N436 33 compared with N436 32 on Thursday The open indicative rate closed at N433 83 to the dollar on Friday An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N436 33 The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 66 02 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Friday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses slightly against dollar, exchanges at 436.33 Naira
     The Naira on Friday lost slightly to the dollar exchanging at N436 33 compared with N436 32 on Thursday The open indicative rate closed at N433 83 to the dollar on Friday An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N436 33 The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 66 02 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Friday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses slightly against dollar, exchanges at 436.33 Naira
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Naira loses slightly against dollar, exchanges at 436.33 Naira

    The Naira on Friday lost slightly to the dollar exchanging at N436.33 compared with N436.32 on Thursday.

    The open indicative rate closed at N433.83 to the dollar on Friday.

    An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N436.33. The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day’s trading.

    A total of 66.02 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Friday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA has given every household in the state until Oct 1 2022 to have a waste bin or face prosecution Mr Ibrahim Odumboni the Managing Executive Officer of LAWMA gave the directive on Friday in Lagos during the third anniversary of Lagos Recycling Initiative LRI Odumboni reiterated that every household in Lagos must have a waste bin by Oct 1 or risk prosecution He added that by May 2023 the value of plastics per kilogramme would rise to N250 Odumboni said that the Lagos State Government was deliberate in its vision to launch a modern recycling plan for the state According to him when the initiative was launched in September 2019 many did not believe in the vision Odumboni said that three years down the line that vision had now attracted many investors in the waste value chain turning waste to wealth He expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu who keyed into the vision of reducing the landfills through the recycling initiative even before he was sworn in as governor Odumboni said that after the launch of the blue box bin in September 2019 a new philosophy of waste management was ushered into the state which is gradually attracting many investors He said that the authority went to town with the gospel of waste separation and sorting at the source He said that the initiative had given birth to the Lagos Recyclers Association which had over 100 members and created about 12 500 jobs in the waste value chain Earlier the Executive Director of Finance LAWMA Mr Adekunle Adebiyi in his welcome address said that Lagos as a whole generated an estimated volume of 13 000 metric tonnes of waste daily Adebiyi said that the daily influx of people from other states in search of greener pastures resulted in high volume of waste generation with plastics accounting for about 17 per cent Indiscriminate and incessant littering of the environment with plastics have resulted in blockage of waterways and drainages which sometimes result in flooding destroying properties and affecting lives Most times plastic waste ends up in the ocean polluting it threatening ecosystems killing biodiversity and poisoning the food chain If this trend continues life and livelihood would be in jeopardy and all the dumpsites will run out of space in less than five years time Hence the need to create value from waste through reuse reduction and recycling so that we can decrease the volume of waste that goes to the dump site In the recent time the narrative is changing and moving from straight line economy to circular economy where waste is seen as a resource in line with global practice Odebiyi said In his goodwill message Dr Femi Idowu Adegoke the President Lagos Recyclers Association said that the Lagos recycling initiative has experienced huge growth Idowu Adegoke said that waste sorting protects water bodies and inhabitants and helped to reduce carbon footprint He congratulated the Lagos State Government and LAWMA for taking recycling in the state seriously which he said was in tandem with global best practices The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was graced by stakeholders in the waste management value chain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No going back on mandatory waste bin from Oct. 1 – LAWMA
     The Lagos State Waste Management Authority LAWMA has given every household in the state until Oct 1 2022 to have a waste bin or face prosecution Mr Ibrahim Odumboni the Managing Executive Officer of LAWMA gave the directive on Friday in Lagos during the third anniversary of Lagos Recycling Initiative LRI Odumboni reiterated that every household in Lagos must have a waste bin by Oct 1 or risk prosecution He added that by May 2023 the value of plastics per kilogramme would rise to N250 Odumboni said that the Lagos State Government was deliberate in its vision to launch a modern recycling plan for the state According to him when the initiative was launched in September 2019 many did not believe in the vision Odumboni said that three years down the line that vision had now attracted many investors in the waste value chain turning waste to wealth He expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu who keyed into the vision of reducing the landfills through the recycling initiative even before he was sworn in as governor Odumboni said that after the launch of the blue box bin in September 2019 a new philosophy of waste management was ushered into the state which is gradually attracting many investors He said that the authority went to town with the gospel of waste separation and sorting at the source He said that the initiative had given birth to the Lagos Recyclers Association which had over 100 members and created about 12 500 jobs in the waste value chain Earlier the Executive Director of Finance LAWMA Mr Adekunle Adebiyi in his welcome address said that Lagos as a whole generated an estimated volume of 13 000 metric tonnes of waste daily Adebiyi said that the daily influx of people from other states in search of greener pastures resulted in high volume of waste generation with plastics accounting for about 17 per cent Indiscriminate and incessant littering of the environment with plastics have resulted in blockage of waterways and drainages which sometimes result in flooding destroying properties and affecting lives Most times plastic waste ends up in the ocean polluting it threatening ecosystems killing biodiversity and poisoning the food chain If this trend continues life and livelihood would be in jeopardy and all the dumpsites will run out of space in less than five years time Hence the need to create value from waste through reuse reduction and recycling so that we can decrease the volume of waste that goes to the dump site In the recent time the narrative is changing and moving from straight line economy to circular economy where waste is seen as a resource in line with global practice Odebiyi said In his goodwill message Dr Femi Idowu Adegoke the President Lagos Recyclers Association said that the Lagos recycling initiative has experienced huge growth Idowu Adegoke said that waste sorting protects water bodies and inhabitants and helped to reduce carbon footprint He congratulated the Lagos State Government and LAWMA for taking recycling in the state seriously which he said was in tandem with global best practices The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was graced by stakeholders in the waste management value chain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No going back on mandatory waste bin from Oct. 1 – LAWMA
    Environment2 weeks ago

    No going back on mandatory waste bin from Oct. 1 – LAWMA

    The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has given every household in the state until Oct. 1, 2022 to have a waste bin or face prosecution.

    Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, the Managing Executive Officer of LAWMA, gave the directive on Friday in Lagos during the third anniversary of Lagos Recycling Initiative (LRI).

    Odumboni reiterated that every household in Lagos must have a waste bin by Oct. 1 or risk prosecution.

    He added that by May 2023 the value of plastics per kilogramme would rise to N250. Odumboni said that the Lagos State Government was deliberate in its vision to launch a modern recycling plan for the state.

    According to him, when the initiative was launched in September 2019 many did not believe in the vision.

    Odumboni said that three years down the line, that vision had now attracted many investors in the waste value chain, turning waste to wealth.

    He expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who keyed into the vision of reducing the landfills through the recycling initiative even before he was sworn in as governor.

    Odumboni said that after the launch of the blue box bin in September 2019, a new philosophy of waste management was ushered into the state which is gradually attracting many investors.

    He said that the authority went to town with the gospel of waste separation and sorting at the source.

    He said that the initiative had given birth to the Lagos Recyclers Association which had over 100 members and created about 12,500 jobs in the waste value chain.

    Earlier, the Executive Director of Finance, LAWMA, Mr Adekunle Adebiyi, in his welcome address, said that Lagos as a whole generated an estimated volume of 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily.

    Adebiyi said that the daily influx of people from other states in search of greener pastures resulted in high volume of waste generation with plastics accounting for about 17 per cent.

    “Indiscriminate and incessant littering of the environment with plastics have resulted in blockage of waterways and drainages, which sometimes result in flooding, destroying properties and affecting lives.

    “Most times, plastic waste ends up in the ocean, polluting it, threatening ecosystems, killing biodiversity, and poisoning the food chain.

    “If this trend continues, life and livelihood would be in jeopardy and all the dumpsites will run out of space in less than five years time.

    “Hence, the need to create value from waste through reuse, reduction and recycling so that we can decrease the volume of waste that goes to the dump site.

    “In the recent time, the narrative is changing and moving from straight line economy to circular economy where waste is seen as a resource in line with global practice,” Odebiyi said.

    In his goodwill message, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, the President, Lagos Recyclers Association, said that the Lagos recycling initiative has experienced huge growth.

    Idowu-Adegoke said that waste sorting protects water bodies and inhabitants and helped to reduce carbon footprint.

    He congratulated the Lagos State Government and LAWMA for taking recycling in the state seriously, which he said was in tandem with global best practices.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was graced by stakeholders in the waste management value chain
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja met behind closed door with Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting Umahi said he was in the State House to invite the president to inaugurate new Ebonyi State Governor s Lodge recently completed by his administration According to him the president has accepted the invitation and the project will be inaugurated in October Speaking about the relevance of the new governor s lodge recently built by his administration the governor said I build mind blowing projects to let first and foremost our brothers and sisters in the Southeast know Ebonyi State has come of age So if I have achieved nothing it s to instill confidence in our people because even when we talk about marginalization of Southeast you come to Southeast we talk about the marginalization of Ebonyi people So I built that project for people like you to assure you that we went to the same school that we have the same brain and that we ve come of age and that nobody should neglect Ebonyi State again And to some people we use it to punish them those who neglect us are being punished by this gigantic project and my projects are projects you can t find anywhere in Southeast You can crosscheck that So it s for punishment The benefit is to instill confidence in our people to make our people number one in everything we do That s why when you are going to marry you don t wear tattered dress and you ask yourself what is the economic benefit of the beautiful dress you are putting on It s to instill confidence and make your bride to accept he said On politics Umahi predicted victory for the All Progressives Congress APC in the 2023 Presidential election He however picked the candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi as his second favourite The governor also said the current political movement projecting Peter Obi would go a long way to prepare the ground for the realization of an Igbo president in the future According to him the presidential contest in 2023 should be an all South affair saying he has been fascinated by the momentum created by the Obi movement He believed that the movement was awakening an awareness about the people of the Southeast and their political relevance What happened during the primaries of PDP and APC were a kind of miscalculation by our people but to say whether they re ready for the presidency of the country anytime I think that the movement of Peter Obi is an eye opener and that s why I said I love what he s doing I m encouraged by what he s doing because if he s not doing what he s doing it means that Southeast would have been forgotten So while my party takes the victory he would have prepared a very good ground for the Southeast presidency so that nobody is going to write us off and you can see the level of his acceptability which does not translate to victory over APC I m sure of that he said The governor described Obi s movement as a good movement for the realization of Igbo presidency in future He said It reassures the Southeast people and the entire country that we re accepted and that we ll one become the President of this country It s very important Peter Obi s movement and all the movements are anchored on God s will it s only God who knows who will win but there must be a wish As a party man I would wish that our party wins and if God says no the next person I ll wish that should win is Peter Obi because I believe strongly and I will say it anywhere in this presidency After the North has taken eight years there is no moral justification to be seeking to take another eight years it should go to the South So I m not wishing Peter Obi away God has the final say and He has the power and gives to whomever He wishes www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Umahi meets Buhari, predicts victory for APC in 2023
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja met behind closed door with Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting Umahi said he was in the State House to invite the president to inaugurate new Ebonyi State Governor s Lodge recently completed by his administration According to him the president has accepted the invitation and the project will be inaugurated in October Speaking about the relevance of the new governor s lodge recently built by his administration the governor said I build mind blowing projects to let first and foremost our brothers and sisters in the Southeast know Ebonyi State has come of age So if I have achieved nothing it s to instill confidence in our people because even when we talk about marginalization of Southeast you come to Southeast we talk about the marginalization of Ebonyi people So I built that project for people like you to assure you that we went to the same school that we have the same brain and that we ve come of age and that nobody should neglect Ebonyi State again And to some people we use it to punish them those who neglect us are being punished by this gigantic project and my projects are projects you can t find anywhere in Southeast You can crosscheck that So it s for punishment The benefit is to instill confidence in our people to make our people number one in everything we do That s why when you are going to marry you don t wear tattered dress and you ask yourself what is the economic benefit of the beautiful dress you are putting on It s to instill confidence and make your bride to accept he said On politics Umahi predicted victory for the All Progressives Congress APC in the 2023 Presidential election He however picked the candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi as his second favourite The governor also said the current political movement projecting Peter Obi would go a long way to prepare the ground for the realization of an Igbo president in the future According to him the presidential contest in 2023 should be an all South affair saying he has been fascinated by the momentum created by the Obi movement He believed that the movement was awakening an awareness about the people of the Southeast and their political relevance What happened during the primaries of PDP and APC were a kind of miscalculation by our people but to say whether they re ready for the presidency of the country anytime I think that the movement of Peter Obi is an eye opener and that s why I said I love what he s doing I m encouraged by what he s doing because if he s not doing what he s doing it means that Southeast would have been forgotten So while my party takes the victory he would have prepared a very good ground for the Southeast presidency so that nobody is going to write us off and you can see the level of his acceptability which does not translate to victory over APC I m sure of that he said The governor described Obi s movement as a good movement for the realization of Igbo presidency in future He said It reassures the Southeast people and the entire country that we re accepted and that we ll one become the President of this country It s very important Peter Obi s movement and all the movements are anchored on God s will it s only God who knows who will win but there must be a wish As a party man I would wish that our party wins and if God says no the next person I ll wish that should win is Peter Obi because I believe strongly and I will say it anywhere in this presidency After the North has taken eight years there is no moral justification to be seeking to take another eight years it should go to the South So I m not wishing Peter Obi away God has the final say and He has the power and gives to whomever He wishes www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Umahi meets Buhari, predicts victory for APC in 2023
    General news2 weeks ago

    Umahi meets Buhari, predicts victory for APC in 2023

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja met behind closed door with Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi.

    Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Umahi said he was in the State House to invite the president to inaugurate new Ebonyi State Governor’s Lodge, recently completed by his administration.

    According to him, the president has accepted the invitation and the project will be inaugurated in October.

    Speaking about the relevance of the new governor’s lodge recently built by his administration, the governor said: “I build mind-blowing projects to let, first and foremost, our brothers and sisters in the Southeast know Ebonyi State has come of age.

    ”So, if I have achieved nothing, it’s to instill confidence in our people because even when we talk about marginalization of Southeast, you come to Southeast, we talk about the marginalization of Ebonyi people.

    “So, I built that project for people like you, to assure you that we went to the same school, that we have the same brain and that we’ve come of age and that nobody should neglect Ebonyi State again.

    ”And to some people, we use it to punish them, those who neglect us are being punished by this gigantic project and my projects are projects you can’t find anywhere in Southeast.

    “You can crosscheck that.

    So, it’s for punishment.

    ”The benefit is to instill confidence in our people, to make our people number one in everything we do.

    ”That’s why when you are going to marry, you don’t wear tattered dress, and you ask yourself, what is the economic benefit of the beautiful dress you are putting on?

    It’s to instill confidence and make your bride to accept,” he said.

    On politics, Umahi predicted victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 Presidential election.

    He, however, picked the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi as his second favourite.

    The governor also said the current political movement projecting Peter Obi would go a long way to prepare the ground for the realization of an Igbo president in the future.

    According to him, the presidential contest in 2023 should be an all-South affair, saying he has been fascinated by the momentum created by the Obi movement.

    He believed that the movement was awakening an awareness about the people of the Southeast and their political relevance.

    “What happened during the primaries of PDP and APC were a kind of miscalculation by our people, but to say whether they’re ready for the presidency of the country anytime, I think that the movement of Peter Obi is an eye opener and that’s why I said I love what he’s doing.

    ”I’m encouraged by what he’s doing because if he’s not doing what he’s doing, it means that Southeast would have been forgotten.

    ”So, while my party takes the victory, he would have prepared a very good ground for the Southeast presidency, so that nobody is going to write us off and you can see the level of his acceptability, which does not translate to victory over APC.

    I’m sure of that,” he said.

    The governor described Obi’s movement as ”a good movement” for the realization of Igbo presidency in future.

    He said: ”It reassures the Southeast people and the entire country that we’re accepted and that we’ll one become the President of this country.

    It’s very important.

    ”Peter Obi’s movement, and all the movements, are anchored on God’s will, it’s only God who knows who will win, but there must be a wish.

    ”As a party man, I would wish that our party wins and if God says no, the next person I’ll wish that should win is Peter Obi because I believe strongly, and I will say it anywhere, in this presidency.

    “After the North has taken eight years, there is no moral justification to be seeking to take another eight years, it should go to the South.

    ”So, I’m not wishing Peter Obi away.

    God has the final say and He has the power and gives to whomever He wishes.

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