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  •  Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday swore in six newly appointed commissioners and five special advisers Speaking during the swearing in Mohammed said three of the commissioners were among the six who had previously resigned their appointments to contest for various elective offices in the 2023 general elections The governor explained that the three of the former commissioners emerged victorious in their various primaries while the other three could not make it He added that with the exit of those six commissioners a vacuum was created in the State Executive Council hence the need to fill the space to have a full complement of the state Executive Council The commissioners that have just been sworn in today have been screened and approved by the State House of Assembly The decision to reappoint those who had earlier resigned their appointments to contest in the party primaries was informed by their commendable record of performance while they served at their various ministries They worked relentlessly towards implementing government policies and programmes and related to their performance is the need for continuity the governor said He commended their resolve to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP after losing in their primaries Mohammed also said that the remaining new three commissioners were appointed based on their antecedents and track records He however urged them to acquaint themselves with the policy thrust of the government for efficient and effective discharge of their duties as members of the State Executive Council The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioners and their portfolios included Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim Works and Transportation Ahmed Jalam Water Resources Others were Maryam Bagel Power Science and Technology Hajiya Zainab Takko Commerce and Industry Adamu Gabarin Information and Communication and Sabiu Gwalabe Health The Special Advisers are Bala Kasko Musa Mohammed Abubakar Nawaila Gashon Danna and Sabo Khalifa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Mohammed swears in 6 new commissioners
     Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday swore in six newly appointed commissioners and five special advisers Speaking during the swearing in Mohammed said three of the commissioners were among the six who had previously resigned their appointments to contest for various elective offices in the 2023 general elections The governor explained that the three of the former commissioners emerged victorious in their various primaries while the other three could not make it He added that with the exit of those six commissioners a vacuum was created in the State Executive Council hence the need to fill the space to have a full complement of the state Executive Council The commissioners that have just been sworn in today have been screened and approved by the State House of Assembly The decision to reappoint those who had earlier resigned their appointments to contest in the party primaries was informed by their commendable record of performance while they served at their various ministries They worked relentlessly towards implementing government policies and programmes and related to their performance is the need for continuity the governor said He commended their resolve to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP after losing in their primaries Mohammed also said that the remaining new three commissioners were appointed based on their antecedents and track records He however urged them to acquaint themselves with the policy thrust of the government for efficient and effective discharge of their duties as members of the State Executive Council The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioners and their portfolios included Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim Works and Transportation Ahmed Jalam Water Resources Others were Maryam Bagel Power Science and Technology Hajiya Zainab Takko Commerce and Industry Adamu Gabarin Information and Communication and Sabiu Gwalabe Health The Special Advisers are Bala Kasko Musa Mohammed Abubakar Nawaila Gashon Danna and Sabo Khalifa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gov. Mohammed swears in 6 new commissioners
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    Gov. Mohammed swears in 6 new commissioners

    Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday swore in six newly-appointed commissioners and five special advisers.

    Speaking during the swearing-in, Mohammed said three of the commissioners were among the six who had previously resigned their appointments to contest for various elective offices in the 2023 general elections.

    The governor explained that the three of the former commissioners emerged victorious in their various primaries while the other three could not make it.

    He added that with the exit of those six commissioners, a vacuum was created in the State Executive Council, hence, the need to fill the space to have a full complement of the state Executive Council.

    “The commissioners that have just been sworn in today have been screened and approved by the State House of Assembly. 

    “The decision to reappoint those who had earlier resigned their appointments to contest in the party primaries was informed by their commendable record of performance while they served at their various ministries.

    “They worked relentlessly towards implementing government policies and programmes and related to their performance is the need for continuity,” the governor said.

    He commended their resolve to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after losing in their primaries.

    Mohammed also said that the remaining new three commissioners were appointed based on their antecedents and track records.

    He, however, urged them to acquaint themselves with the policy thrust of the government for efficient and effective discharge of their duties as members of the State Executive Council.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioners and their portfolios included Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, Works and Transportation; Ahmed Jalam, Water Resources.

    Others were Maryam Bagel Power, Science and Technology; Hajiya Zainab Takko, Commerce and Industry; Adamu Gabarin, Information and Communication and Sabiu Gwalabe, Health.

    The Special Advisers are Bala Kasko, Musa Mohammed, Abubakar Nawaila, Gashon Danna, and Sabo Khalifa.


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  •  The Olufaki of Ifaki Ekiti Oba Ajibade Adegbenro has described Sen Olubunmi Adetunmbi representing Ekiti North Senatorial District as a lawmaker with a midas touch in governance and politics Adegbenro gave the commendation in a statement he personally signed on Friday in Ifaki Ekiti Ido Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti The traditional ruler described Adetunmbi as a regular politician that does not believe in throwing money around for cheap popularity According to him instead he has been attracting infrastructure development to his community and entire senatorial district without making noise At home here we see him as an achiever and with his achievements he has redefined what governance should be and how it is expected to look like Adegbenro said The traditional ruler commended Adetunmbi particularly for providing his community in Egun Street with a motorised borehole and resuscitating the existing 19 hand pumps to enable his people to have access to portable water He said that residents of Egun Quarters located opposite the former Odofin s residence in Ifaki Ekiti had been unable to access potable water for some time According to him during the lawmaker s visit to the palace the residents requested for borehole and he promised to provide it for them Olufaki however urged the prominent sons and daughters of the community to emulate the good gesture of Adetunmbi to develop and transform the town He also commended the contributions and impact of other sons and daughters of the town toward the development of the community urging them to keep up the good works NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Olufaki of Ifaki-Ekiti lauds Sen Adetunmbi’s developmental drive
     The Olufaki of Ifaki Ekiti Oba Ajibade Adegbenro has described Sen Olubunmi Adetunmbi representing Ekiti North Senatorial District as a lawmaker with a midas touch in governance and politics Adegbenro gave the commendation in a statement he personally signed on Friday in Ifaki Ekiti Ido Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti The traditional ruler described Adetunmbi as a regular politician that does not believe in throwing money around for cheap popularity According to him instead he has been attracting infrastructure development to his community and entire senatorial district without making noise At home here we see him as an achiever and with his achievements he has redefined what governance should be and how it is expected to look like Adegbenro said The traditional ruler commended Adetunmbi particularly for providing his community in Egun Street with a motorised borehole and resuscitating the existing 19 hand pumps to enable his people to have access to portable water He said that residents of Egun Quarters located opposite the former Odofin s residence in Ifaki Ekiti had been unable to access potable water for some time According to him during the lawmaker s visit to the palace the residents requested for borehole and he promised to provide it for them Olufaki however urged the prominent sons and daughters of the community to emulate the good gesture of Adetunmbi to develop and transform the town He also commended the contributions and impact of other sons and daughters of the town toward the development of the community urging them to keep up the good works NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Olufaki of Ifaki-Ekiti lauds Sen Adetunmbi’s developmental drive
    Community3 weeks ago

    Olufaki of Ifaki-Ekiti lauds Sen Adetunmbi’s developmental drive

    The Olufaki of Ifaki-Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Adegbenro, has described Sen.Olubunmi Adetunmbi, representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, as “a lawmaker with a midas touch in governance and politics”.Adegbenro gave the commendation in a statement he personally signed on Friday in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti.The traditional ruler described Adetunmbi as: “a regular politician that does not believe in throwing money around for cheap popularity”.According to him, instead, he has been attracting infrastructure development to his community and entire senatorial district without making noise.“At home here, we see him as an achiever and with his achievements, he has redefined what governance should be and how it is expected to look like,” Adegbenro said.The traditional ruler commended Adetunmbi, particularly for providing his community in Egun Street with a motorised borehole and resuscitating the existing 19 hand pumps to enable his people to have access to portable water.He said that residents of Egun Quarters, located opposite the former Odofin’s residence in Ifaki-Ekiti, had been unable to access potable water for some time.According to him, during the lawmaker’s visit to the palace, the residents requested for borehole and he promised to provide it for them.Olufaki, however, urged the prominent sons and daughters of the community to emulate the good gesture of Adetunmbi to develop and transform the town.He also commended the contributions and impact of other sons and daughters of the town toward the development of the community, urging them to keep up the good works.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  PA Britain s King Charles III has delivered a historic televised address to the nation paying a poignant and moving tribute to his darling Mama the Queen in his first public broadcast as monarch Charles said of his beloved mother the late Elizabeth II We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother for her love affection guidance understanding and example He added To my darling Mama as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa I want simply to say this thank you Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest The King pledged his whole life as service as the new sovereign just as the Queen did saying That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today And he used his speech to announce that he had created his son William the Prince of Wales with Kate the Princess of Wales and expressed his love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas a symbol of his bid for reconciliation amid past troubles with the Sussexes He also paid tribute to his darling wife Camilla calling her my Queen Consort saying he can count on her loving help and praising her by saying I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much The King also set out his changing role as he steps away from his considerable charity work which shaped his life as the heir to the throne My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others he said The monarch pre recorded the lengthy speech which was just under 1 000 words and lasted around nine and a half minutes in the Blue Drawing Room of the royal residence in central London and it was played out at 6pm on Friday The King dressed in a sombre black suit black tie and with a black and white checked handkerchief in his breast pocket said I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow Throughout her life Her Majesty The Queen my beloved Mother was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother for her love affection guidance understanding and example Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    King Charles III makes historic televised address to mark death of queen
     PA Britain s King Charles III has delivered a historic televised address to the nation paying a poignant and moving tribute to his darling Mama the Queen in his first public broadcast as monarch Charles said of his beloved mother the late Elizabeth II We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother for her love affection guidance understanding and example He added To my darling Mama as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa I want simply to say this thank you Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest The King pledged his whole life as service as the new sovereign just as the Queen did saying That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today And he used his speech to announce that he had created his son William the Prince of Wales with Kate the Princess of Wales and expressed his love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas a symbol of his bid for reconciliation amid past troubles with the Sussexes He also paid tribute to his darling wife Camilla calling her my Queen Consort saying he can count on her loving help and praising her by saying I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much The King also set out his changing role as he steps away from his considerable charity work which shaped his life as the heir to the throne My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others he said The monarch pre recorded the lengthy speech which was just under 1 000 words and lasted around nine and a half minutes in the Blue Drawing Room of the royal residence in central London and it was played out at 6pm on Friday The King dressed in a sombre black suit black tie and with a black and white checked handkerchief in his breast pocket said I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow Throughout her life Her Majesty The Queen my beloved Mother was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother for her love affection guidance understanding and example Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    King Charles III makes historic televised address to mark death of queen
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    King Charles III makes historic televised address to mark death of queen

    PA ) Britain’s King Charles III has delivered a historic televised address to the nation, paying a poignant and moving tribute to his “darling Mama” the Queen in his first public broadcast as monarch.

    Charles said of his “beloved mother” the late Elizabeth II: “We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example”.

    He added: “To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

    “Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

    May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.

    ” The King pledged his whole life as service as the new sovereign just as the Queen did, saying: “That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today”.

    And he used his speech to announce that he had created his son William the Prince of Wales, with Kate the Princess of Wales, and expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”, a symbol of his bid for reconciliation amid past troubles with the Sussexes.

    He also paid tribute to his “darling wife” Camilla – calling her “my Queen Consort”, saying he can “count on her loving help” and praising her by saying: “I know she will bring to the demands of her new role the steadfast devotion to duty on which I have come to rely so much.

    ” The King also set out his changing role, as he steps away from his considerable charity work which shaped his life as the heir to the throne.

    “My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities.

    It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply.

    “But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others,” he said.

    The monarch pre-recorded the lengthy speech, which was just under 1,000 words and lasted around nine-and-a-half minutes in the Blue Drawing Room of the royal residence in central London, and it was played out at 6pm on Friday.

    The King, dressed in a sombre black suit, black tie and with a black and white checked handkerchief in his breast pocket, said: “I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow.

    “Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.

    “Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing.

    “That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.

    ” (PA ) YEE(
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  •  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA on Friday intercepted 12 Pump Action guns and 374 Cartridges in Kogi The Kogi NDLEA Commander Abdulkadir Abdullahi Fakai who made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja said two persons were arrested in connection with the consignments Abdullahi Fakai said that the riffles and ammunition were intercepted at a check point by personnel during patrol on Okene Lokoja Abuja road on Friday The two suspects Sagir Isiyaka 40 and Bello Shehu Usman 42 were traveling in a J5 Boxer Bus from Onisha to Abuja before our patrol team accosted them On searching their luggage our eagle eyed officers discovered the riffles and ammunition concealed in some sacks When asked about how they came about such dangerous arms and ammunition they couldn t give any cogent or concrete reason as proof of ownership he explained The NDLEA Commander said it was at that point that the duo were arrested with the consignments for further investigations According to him since the matter is about arms and ammunition we quickly transfered the case to the Nigeria Police Kogi Command for their discrete and further investigation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA intercepts 12 pump-action guns, 374 cartridges in Kogi
     The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA on Friday intercepted 12 Pump Action guns and 374 Cartridges in Kogi The Kogi NDLEA Commander Abdulkadir Abdullahi Fakai who made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja said two persons were arrested in connection with the consignments Abdullahi Fakai said that the riffles and ammunition were intercepted at a check point by personnel during patrol on Okene Lokoja Abuja road on Friday The two suspects Sagir Isiyaka 40 and Bello Shehu Usman 42 were traveling in a J5 Boxer Bus from Onisha to Abuja before our patrol team accosted them On searching their luggage our eagle eyed officers discovered the riffles and ammunition concealed in some sacks When asked about how they came about such dangerous arms and ammunition they couldn t give any cogent or concrete reason as proof of ownership he explained The NDLEA Commander said it was at that point that the duo were arrested with the consignments for further investigations According to him since the matter is about arms and ammunition we quickly transfered the case to the Nigeria Police Kogi Command for their discrete and further investigation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA intercepts 12 pump-action guns, 374 cartridges in Kogi
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    NDLEA intercepts 12 pump-action guns, 374 cartridges in Kogi

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday intercepted 12 Pump Action guns and 374 Cartridges in Kogi. The Kogi NDLEA Commander, Abdulkadir Abdullahi-Fakai, who made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja, said two persons were arrested in connection with the consignments.

    Abdullahi-Fakai said that the riffles and ammunition were intercepted at a check point by personnel during patrol on Okene – Lokoja – Abuja road on Friday.

    “The two suspects, Sagir Isiyaka (40) and Bello Shehu Usman (42) were traveling in a J5 Boxer Bus from Onisha to Abuja before our patrol team accosted them.

    “On searching their luggage, our eagle-eyed officers discovered the riffles and ammunition concealed in some sacks.

    “When asked about how they came about such dangerous arms and ammunition, they couldn’t give any cogent or concrete reason as proof of ownership, ” he explained.

    The NDLEA Commander said it was at that point that the duo were arrested with the consignments for further investigations.

    According to him, “since the matter is about arms and ammunition, we quickly transfered the case to the Nigeria Police, Kogi Command for their discrete and further investigation.


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  •  The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Amb James Christoff has commended the entrepreneurial skills of Nigerians Christoff made the commendation during a facility tour to a coconut processor company TOSH Coconut Ltd on Friday in Lagos He was accompanied by representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO of the United Nations the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Lagos State Coconut Development Authority LASCODA He said that the Canadian Government has commercial interest in Nigeria and lauded the great entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians Christoff added that he is a big believer in Nigeria and its great entrepreneurial skills To be frank it s occasion like this and coming to places like this that makes my job as a High Commissioner to get to know Nigeria We have our own interest in Nigeria commercial interest ofcourse Part of what am taking away from here today is that am a big believer in Nigeria there s a very strong entrepreneurial spirit in this country This is a great metaphor for that spirit I love your story I love your passion for what you re doing and I can see your dreams manifesting with hard work I can see clearly everything going in the right direction I will certainly pass this on to my wife and I know she will want to order some of your products he said He lauded the company for the achievements recorded so far in the industry The other reason why I decided to come here is the issue of food security in Nigeria I am interested in any example where local government local businesses and all levels of governments are coming together with the help of the FAO to address some of these food security issues I thank you for your efforts to collaborate with local farmers to find ways of creating a product that benefits you and others he said In her remarks the state Commissioner for Agriculture Ms Abisola Olusanya said that the Lagos State Government was in the process of signing an agreement with the FAO and UNIDO on coconut value chain development Olusanya was represented by Mrs Tokunbo Emokpae the Permanent Secretary in the ministry She noted that there are currently over 3 000 processors across the state processing over 120 000 metric tonnes of coconut annually However with the current coconut production of about 200 000 metric tonnes in Lagos with the remaining being sent to other parts of the country the processing needs of the processors in Lagos is about one million metric tonnes annually she said Olusanya noted that following this renewed interest a high mission visit of the representatives of the FAO UN led by the Country Director Dr Fred Kafeero was made to the governor to reaffirm the commitment to the implementation of the project She added that FAO is currently conducting coconut value chain analysis with the sum of 150 million solely financed by the Lagos State through a Unilateral Trust Fund UTF Agreement with the FAO which started in 2021 The Lagos State Government and FAO Unilateral Trust Fund UTF Intervention on the rehabilitation of the coconut belt in the state was initially prepared for implementation in 2001 but were not concluded In 2006 the project document developed in 2001 was reviewed with significant changes in cost of materials and services as well as in project development concepts following a re formulation mission But like the previous attempt implementation of this report and project was put on hold due to changes in governance and other contingencies Nevertheless the state government always maintained interest in the project since the development of the coconut industry is considered a priority for the state However at the inception of the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu efforts were renewed to resuscitate the FAO intervention in the spirit of alternative financing to the agricultural sector under the coconut value chain This is to ensure that the coconut sub sector contributes optimally to Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy through correspondence with the FAO mission in Nigeria she said Mrs Jadesola Shawana Founder Tosh Coconut Ltd Lagos said it was established in 2016 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2017 Shawana called on government and other international communities to give loans and grants to support coconut processors to expand and meet market demands She said there was huge market for coconut processors adding that the company cannot meet all its demands due to its present capacity Shawana said that the major challenges confronting majority of coconut processors was funding and availability of enough coconuts to meet the processing needs According to her Tosh coconut is registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control We process coconut into a variety of food products and currently have 15 different products Our products include cold press coconut oil coconut milk coconut flour coconut poundo coconut flakes coconut water and a variety of coconut snacks and confectioneries Our coconut products are basically designed for the healthy conscious that is weight watchers lactose intolerants vegans vegetarians and food curious who require an alternative type of food to the staple foods The products are glutton free unadulterated with preservatives additives and promote healthy lifestyle and packaged in a hygienic environment Currently we process 40 metric tonnes of coconut annually and distribute products online using various social media platforms through stocking supermarkets distributors and companies that use their products as semi processed materials for production she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Canadian envoy lauds Nigerians’ entrepreneurial skills
     The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Amb James Christoff has commended the entrepreneurial skills of Nigerians Christoff made the commendation during a facility tour to a coconut processor company TOSH Coconut Ltd on Friday in Lagos He was accompanied by representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO of the United Nations the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Lagos State Coconut Development Authority LASCODA He said that the Canadian Government has commercial interest in Nigeria and lauded the great entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians Christoff added that he is a big believer in Nigeria and its great entrepreneurial skills To be frank it s occasion like this and coming to places like this that makes my job as a High Commissioner to get to know Nigeria We have our own interest in Nigeria commercial interest ofcourse Part of what am taking away from here today is that am a big believer in Nigeria there s a very strong entrepreneurial spirit in this country This is a great metaphor for that spirit I love your story I love your passion for what you re doing and I can see your dreams manifesting with hard work I can see clearly everything going in the right direction I will certainly pass this on to my wife and I know she will want to order some of your products he said He lauded the company for the achievements recorded so far in the industry The other reason why I decided to come here is the issue of food security in Nigeria I am interested in any example where local government local businesses and all levels of governments are coming together with the help of the FAO to address some of these food security issues I thank you for your efforts to collaborate with local farmers to find ways of creating a product that benefits you and others he said In her remarks the state Commissioner for Agriculture Ms Abisola Olusanya said that the Lagos State Government was in the process of signing an agreement with the FAO and UNIDO on coconut value chain development Olusanya was represented by Mrs Tokunbo Emokpae the Permanent Secretary in the ministry She noted that there are currently over 3 000 processors across the state processing over 120 000 metric tonnes of coconut annually However with the current coconut production of about 200 000 metric tonnes in Lagos with the remaining being sent to other parts of the country the processing needs of the processors in Lagos is about one million metric tonnes annually she said Olusanya noted that following this renewed interest a high mission visit of the representatives of the FAO UN led by the Country Director Dr Fred Kafeero was made to the governor to reaffirm the commitment to the implementation of the project She added that FAO is currently conducting coconut value chain analysis with the sum of 150 million solely financed by the Lagos State through a Unilateral Trust Fund UTF Agreement with the FAO which started in 2021 The Lagos State Government and FAO Unilateral Trust Fund UTF Intervention on the rehabilitation of the coconut belt in the state was initially prepared for implementation in 2001 but were not concluded In 2006 the project document developed in 2001 was reviewed with significant changes in cost of materials and services as well as in project development concepts following a re formulation mission But like the previous attempt implementation of this report and project was put on hold due to changes in governance and other contingencies Nevertheless the state government always maintained interest in the project since the development of the coconut industry is considered a priority for the state However at the inception of the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu efforts were renewed to resuscitate the FAO intervention in the spirit of alternative financing to the agricultural sector under the coconut value chain This is to ensure that the coconut sub sector contributes optimally to Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy through correspondence with the FAO mission in Nigeria she said Mrs Jadesola Shawana Founder Tosh Coconut Ltd Lagos said it was established in 2016 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2017 Shawana called on government and other international communities to give loans and grants to support coconut processors to expand and meet market demands She said there was huge market for coconut processors adding that the company cannot meet all its demands due to its present capacity Shawana said that the major challenges confronting majority of coconut processors was funding and availability of enough coconuts to meet the processing needs According to her Tosh coconut is registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control We process coconut into a variety of food products and currently have 15 different products Our products include cold press coconut oil coconut milk coconut flour coconut poundo coconut flakes coconut water and a variety of coconut snacks and confectioneries Our coconut products are basically designed for the healthy conscious that is weight watchers lactose intolerants vegans vegetarians and food curious who require an alternative type of food to the staple foods The products are glutton free unadulterated with preservatives additives and promote healthy lifestyle and packaged in a hygienic environment Currently we process 40 metric tonnes of coconut annually and distribute products online using various social media platforms through stocking supermarkets distributors and companies that use their products as semi processed materials for production she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Canadian envoy lauds Nigerians’ entrepreneurial skills
    General news3 weeks ago

    Canadian envoy lauds Nigerians’ entrepreneurial skills

    The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. James Christoff, has commended the entrepreneurial skills of Nigerians.

    Christoff made the commendation during a facility tour to a coconut processor company, TOSH Coconut Ltd., on Friday in Lagos.

    He was accompanied by representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA).

    He said that the Canadian Government has commercial interest in Nigeria and lauded the great entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians.

    Christoff added that he is a big believer in Nigeria and its great entrepreneurial skills.

    “To be frank, it’s occasion like this and coming to places like this that makes my job as a High Commissioner to get to know Nigeria.

    “We have our own interest in Nigeria, commercial interest ofcourse.

    “Part of what am taking away from here today is that am a big believer in Nigeria, there’s a very strong entrepreneurial spirit in this country.

    “This is a great metaphor for that spirit.

    I love your story, I love your passion for what you’re doing and I can see your dreams manifesting with hard work.

    “I can see clearly everything going in the right direction.

    “I will certainly pass this on to my wife and I know she will want to order some of your products,” he said.

    He  lauded the company for the achievements recorded so far in the industry.

    “The other reason why I decided to come here is the issue of food security in Nigeria.

    “I am  interested in any example where local government, local businesses and all levels of governments are coming together with the help of the FAO to address some of these food security issues.

    “I thank you for your efforts to collaborate with local farmers to find ways of creating a product that benefits you and others,” he said.

    In her remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said that the Lagos State Government was in the process of signing an agreement with the FAO and UNIDO on coconut value chain development.

    Olusanya was represented by Mrs Tokunbo Emokpae, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

    She noted that there are currently over 3,000 processors across the state processing over 120,000 metric tonnes of coconut annually.

    “However, with the current coconut production of about 200,000 metric tonnes in Lagos, with the remaining being sent to other parts of the country, the processing needs of the processors in Lagos is about one million metric tonnes annually,” she said.

    Olusanya noted that following this renewed interest, a high mission visit of the representatives of the FAO-UN led by the Country Director, Dr Fred Kafeero, was made to the governor to reaffirm the commitment to the implementation of the project.

    She added that FAO is currently conducting coconut value chain analysis with the sum of $150 million, solely financed by the Lagos State through a Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) Agreement with the FAO which started in 2021. “The Lagos State Government and FAO Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) Intervention on the rehabilitation of the coconut belt in the state was initially prepared for implementation in 2001 but were not concluded.

    “In 2006, the project document developed in 2001, was reviewed with significant changes in cost of materials and services, as well as in project development concepts following a re-formulation mission.

    “But like the previous attempt, implementation of this report and project was put on hold due to changes in governance and other contingencies.

    “Nevertheless, the state government always maintained interest in the project since the development of the coconut industry is considered a priority for the state.

    “However, at the inception of the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, efforts were renewed to resuscitate the FAO intervention in the spirit of alternative financing to the agricultural sector under the coconut value chain.

    “This is to ensure that the coconut sub-sector contributes optimally to “Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy,”  through correspondence with the FAO mission in Nigeria,” she said.

    Mrs  Jadesola Shawana, Founder, Tosh Coconut Ltd., Lagos, said it was established in 2016 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2017. Shawana called on government and other international communities to give loans and grants to support coconut processors to expand and meet market demands.

    She said there was huge market for coconut processors, adding that the company cannot meet all its demands due to its present capacity.

    Shawana said that the major challenges confronting majority of coconut processors was funding and availability of enough coconuts to meet the processing needs.

    According to her, Tosh coconut is registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

    “We process coconut into a variety of food products and currently have 15 different products.

    “Our products  include cold press coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut poundo, coconut flakes, coconut water and a variety of coconut snacks and confectioneries.

    “Our coconut products are basically designed for the healthy conscious, that is, weight watchers, lactose intolerants, vegans, vegetarians, and food curious who require an alternative type of food to the staple foods.

    “The products are glutton free, unadulterated with preservatives, additives and promote healthy lifestyle and packaged in a hygienic environment.

    “Currently, we process 40 metric tonnes of coconut annually and distribute products online using various social media platforms, through stocking supermarkets, distributors and companies that use their products as semi processed materials for production,” she said.


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  •  The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc a food and agro allied company says its revenue stood at N1 2 billion as at March This represents an increase of 51 per cent compared with N771 6 million recorded in March 2021 Its Chairman John Coumantaros was quoted in a statement to have said this during the company s 62nd Annual General Meeting AGM in Lagos Coumantaros who was represented by Vice Chairman FMN Paul Gbededo said the group s increased earnings was as a result of the company s resiliency as well as shareholders support According to him the group completed the acquisition of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc within the fiscal year Resolutions made at the meeting held on Wednesday included the shareholders approval of payment of N2 15 dividend for the 2022 fiscal year The shareholders also approved the request for company s board of directors to raise N200 billion in additional capital Coumantaros said This acquisition created a more resilient national champion for Nigeria in the food industry laying the groundwork for long term growth and food security Our food division s strategic priorities are motivated by the need to become Africa s leading consumer and business to business B2B food brand with the goal of more than doubling earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization EBITDA It also announced its first quarter unaudited results for the period ended 30 June 2022 which increased by 45 3 per cent in revenue to stand at N339 601 billion from N233 703 billion in 2021 The company recorded the increase despite rising effects of inflation on the prices of goods and services The audited results which were released to the Nigerian Exchange Group NGX showed that cost of sales increased by 47 per cent to N306 352 billion from N208 004 billion achieved in 2021 In its financial statement the company s food segment contributed 63 per cent growth of the revenue to N213 166 billion from N146 925 billion in 2021 Also the Agro Allied segment was next with 45 per cent of the revenue with N65 652 billion from N47 588 billion in 2021 while pofit after tax rose marginally by 0 89 per to N5 495 billion in 2022 from N 5 446 billion in 2021 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flour Mills posts N1.2bn revenue in March
     The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc a food and agro allied company says its revenue stood at N1 2 billion as at March This represents an increase of 51 per cent compared with N771 6 million recorded in March 2021 Its Chairman John Coumantaros was quoted in a statement to have said this during the company s 62nd Annual General Meeting AGM in Lagos Coumantaros who was represented by Vice Chairman FMN Paul Gbededo said the group s increased earnings was as a result of the company s resiliency as well as shareholders support According to him the group completed the acquisition of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc within the fiscal year Resolutions made at the meeting held on Wednesday included the shareholders approval of payment of N2 15 dividend for the 2022 fiscal year The shareholders also approved the request for company s board of directors to raise N200 billion in additional capital Coumantaros said This acquisition created a more resilient national champion for Nigeria in the food industry laying the groundwork for long term growth and food security Our food division s strategic priorities are motivated by the need to become Africa s leading consumer and business to business B2B food brand with the goal of more than doubling earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization EBITDA It also announced its first quarter unaudited results for the period ended 30 June 2022 which increased by 45 3 per cent in revenue to stand at N339 601 billion from N233 703 billion in 2021 The company recorded the increase despite rising effects of inflation on the prices of goods and services The audited results which were released to the Nigerian Exchange Group NGX showed that cost of sales increased by 47 per cent to N306 352 billion from N208 004 billion achieved in 2021 In its financial statement the company s food segment contributed 63 per cent growth of the revenue to N213 166 billion from N146 925 billion in 2021 Also the Agro Allied segment was next with 45 per cent of the revenue with N65 652 billion from N47 588 billion in 2021 while pofit after tax rose marginally by 0 89 per to N5 495 billion in 2022 from N 5 446 billion in 2021 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flour Mills posts N1.2bn revenue in March
    Economy3 weeks ago

    Flour Mills posts N1.2bn revenue in March

    The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, a food and agro-allied company, says its revenue stood at N1.2 billion as at March.

    This represents an increase of 51 per cent compared with N771.6 million recorded in March 2021. Its Chairman, John Coumantaros, was quoted in a statement to have said this during the company’s 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos.

    Coumantaros, who was represented by Vice-Chairman, FMN, Paul Gbededo, said the group’s increased earnings was as a result of the company’s resiliency as well as shareholders’ support.

    According to him, the group completed the acquisition of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc within the fiscal year.

    Resolutions made at the meeting held on Wednesday included the shareholders’ approval of payment of N2.15 dividend for the 2022 fiscal year.

    The shareholders also approved the request for company’s board of directors to raise N200 billion in additional capital.

    Coumantaros said, “This acquisition created a more resilient national champion for Nigeria in the food industry, laying the groundwork for long-term growth and food security.

    “Our food division’s strategic priorities are motivated by the need to become Africa’s leading consumer and business-to-business (B2B) food brand, with the goal of more than doubling earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

    ” It also announced its first quarter unaudited results for the period ended 30 June 2022, which increased by 45.3 per cent in revenue to stand at N339.601 billion from N233.703 billion in 2021. The company recorded the increase despite rising effects of inflation on the prices of goods and services.

    The audited results, which were released to the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX), showed that cost of sales increased by 47 per cent to N306.352 billion from N208.004 billion achieved in 2021. In its financial statement, the company’s food segment contributed 63 per cent growth of the revenue to N213.166 billion from N146.925 billion in 2021. Also, the Agro Allied segment was next with 45 per cent of the revenue with N65.652 billion from N47.588 billion in 2021, while pofit after tax rose marginally by 0.89 per to N5.495 billion in 2022 from N 5.446 billion in 2021.
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  •  The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen has urged mothers of school age children to invest their time in ensuring good moral upbringing of their children Tallen gave the advice at the 13th Anniversary of Betneely Charity Foundation Children s Club Inauguration and Awards to NGOs working in communities held on Friday in Abuja The minister said that the greatest investment any parent could give to his or her child was good moral upbringing Children are our last hope They are the future of this nation and that s why I keep calling on mothers particularly young mothers of school age children to give more attention to their children The Bible tells us bring up your child so that when they grows up they will not depart from it We must invest in bringing up of our children well We must invest in paying more attention to their friends the company they keep so that we can have better leaders and better well groomed children that will stand in the gap for us We need well behaved children to take care of us in our old age To take care of the needs of the family and the society at large And without us paying the necessary attention to this children all our efforts and investment will be in vain she said The minister commended the President Betneely Charity Foundation Mrs Betty Olutunde for the great work she had done and her service to humanity Not just service to humanity but given more focus to children who are the future hope of our nation I therefore want to specially congratulate my sister Betty for the charity work you are doing Touching lives given hope to the hopeless and investing more in this children in order to groom them well to bring them to be better leaders of tomorrow Tallen therefore called on all well meaning Nigerians both men and women of goodwill to follow the good step of Betty and give hope to the hopeless put smiles on the downtrodden and to make the society a better place Earlier the President of the foundation Olutunde said taking care of children was everybody s business saying we must show love to children in our neighborhood and worship centres I am a member of the National Council of Child Rights Advocates I go round advocating that everyone should enroll their children in schools We have this school programmewe call Community In house Programme where we talk to the District Heads to do homes school Once a child is educated it reduces poverty in the society Joy brings peace poverty brings war So we will rather go for peace she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was the cutting of the foundation s 13th Anniversary cake and inauguration of the Children s Club by the Minister of Women Affairs Tallen NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minister tasks mothers of school age children on moral upbringing
     The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen has urged mothers of school age children to invest their time in ensuring good moral upbringing of their children Tallen gave the advice at the 13th Anniversary of Betneely Charity Foundation Children s Club Inauguration and Awards to NGOs working in communities held on Friday in Abuja The minister said that the greatest investment any parent could give to his or her child was good moral upbringing Children are our last hope They are the future of this nation and that s why I keep calling on mothers particularly young mothers of school age children to give more attention to their children The Bible tells us bring up your child so that when they grows up they will not depart from it We must invest in bringing up of our children well We must invest in paying more attention to their friends the company they keep so that we can have better leaders and better well groomed children that will stand in the gap for us We need well behaved children to take care of us in our old age To take care of the needs of the family and the society at large And without us paying the necessary attention to this children all our efforts and investment will be in vain she said The minister commended the President Betneely Charity Foundation Mrs Betty Olutunde for the great work she had done and her service to humanity Not just service to humanity but given more focus to children who are the future hope of our nation I therefore want to specially congratulate my sister Betty for the charity work you are doing Touching lives given hope to the hopeless and investing more in this children in order to groom them well to bring them to be better leaders of tomorrow Tallen therefore called on all well meaning Nigerians both men and women of goodwill to follow the good step of Betty and give hope to the hopeless put smiles on the downtrodden and to make the society a better place Earlier the President of the foundation Olutunde said taking care of children was everybody s business saying we must show love to children in our neighborhood and worship centres I am a member of the National Council of Child Rights Advocates I go round advocating that everyone should enroll their children in schools We have this school programmewe call Community In house Programme where we talk to the District Heads to do homes school Once a child is educated it reduces poverty in the society Joy brings peace poverty brings war So we will rather go for peace she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was the cutting of the foundation s 13th Anniversary cake and inauguration of the Children s Club by the Minister of Women Affairs Tallen NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minister tasks mothers of school age children on moral upbringing
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    Minister tasks mothers of school age children on moral upbringing

    The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has urged mothers of school age children to invest their time in ensuring good moral upbringing of their children.

    Tallen gave the advice at the 13th Anniversary of Betneely Charity Foundation, Children’s Club Inauguration and Awards to NGOs working in communities, held on Friday in Abuja.

    The minister said that the greatest investment any parent could give to his or her child was  good moral upbringing.

    ” Children are our last hope.

    They are the future of this nation and that’s why I keep calling on mothers, particularly young mothers of school age children to give more attention to their children.

    ” The Bible tells us bring up your child so that when they grows up they will not depart from it.

    ” We must invest in bringing up of our children well.

    We must invest in paying more attention to their friends, the company they keep, so that we can have better leaders and better well groomed children that will stand in the gap for us.

    ” We need well behaved children to take care of us in our old age.

    To take care of the needs of the family and the society at large.

    ” And without us paying the necessary attention to this children all our efforts and investment will be in vain,” she said.

    The minister commended the President, Betneely Charity Foundation, Mrs Betty Olutunde, for the great work she had done and her service to humanity.

    ” Not just service to humanity but given more focus to children who are the future hope of our nation.

    ” I therefore want to specially congratulate my sister Betty for the charity work you are doing.

    ” Touching lives, given hope to the hopeless and investing more in this children in order to groom them well to bring them to be better leaders of tomorrow.

    ” Tallen, therefore, called on all well-meaning Nigerians both men and women of goodwill to follow the good step of Betty and give hope to the hopeless, put smiles on the downtrodden, and to make the society a better place.

    Earlier, the President of the foundation,  Olutunde, said taking care of children was everybody’s business, saying ” we must show love to children in our neighborhood and worship centres.

    ” I am a member of the National Council of Child Rights Advocates.

    I go round advocating that everyone should enroll their children in schools.

    ” We have this school programmewe call  Community In-house Programme, where we talk to the District Heads to do homes school.

    Once a child is educated it reduces poverty in the society.

    ” Joy brings peace, poverty brings war.

    So, we will rather go for peace, she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was the cutting of the foundation’s 13th Anniversary cake and inauguration of the Children’s Club by the Minister of Women Affairs, Tallen.


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  •  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP on Friday trained the Heads of Anti Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force across the country on best ways and effective tips to combat human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training took place at the Dover Hotel Ikeja Lagos Mr Arinze Orakwe Director of Training and Manpower Development NAPTIP in his opening remarks said that the programme was part of Initiatives to develop the capacity of Police across the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja Orakwe also said that the training was to remind participants of their specific and general role as the Nigeria Police Force and as chief law enforcement agency in the country This is a programme designed by the Director General of NAPTIP to build synergy with the police and also to erect structures within communities that are tuned to demands of trafficking NAPTIP just has nine zonal offices about eight state offices and liaison offices It is still not enough compared to Police with presence in the 774 local governments areas So we really need the Police and that is why we have identified these trafficking units and training of the personnel to identify trafficking in persons victims protocols referrals protocols for return integration and communication Trafficking of persons has one definition as given by United Nations because those are the specific demands that are made of the agency and we need to make them to understand this he added The NAPTIP official noted that combating trafficking was most important for the survival of the nation He added that the training was to equally make participants understand different measures to handle trafficking related cases What NAPTIP has done with the support of ECOWAS is to invite other countries in the West Coast to enact similar laws set up similar agencies like we have same in Ghana Gambia Niger International organisations are helping us populate similar decision in West African region Speaking Bertha Ngurulu Project Officer Counter Trafficking and Mixed Migration with the Inter Organisation for Migration IOM said that there was need for collaboration and partnership of stakeholders to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of trafficking in the areas of investigation and prosecution Ngurulu called on citizens particularly youths being offered job or study abroad in foreign countries for greener pastures to be careful in order not to fall victim of trafficking According to her some countries in the Middle East are known for exploitation and a certain group of young girls in a nationality are usually targeted Therefore it s an indicator that trafficking is involved The message for everyone particularly young people seeking greener pastures abroad is that whenever they are in doubt of any offer and do not have adequate or genuine information on where they are going they should please reach out to NAPTIP It is most important so that they can be guided For example when you re being offered a job that you don t have the requirements and not qualified to get know there s more to it she added Meanwhile Mr Bello Omotosho Technical Advisor in charge of Component One of Governance Component Action Against Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants A TIPSOM described the programme as holistic approach against trafficking Omotosho said that no fewer than 60 participants were taking part in the A TIPSOM a project funded by European Union and Implemented by International and Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies FIIAPP He added that it was collaborating with IOM to support the NAPTIP to train the Heads of Anti Human Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force from the 36 States of the Federation FCT and the FCID He said that the platform also provided an enabling environment for stakeholders to henceforth work together and relate with one another on the fight against trafficking According to him capacity of the heads of Anti Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force have been built and equiped with relevant skills to respond in a timely manner to cases that come to their knowledge The essence of this training is to ensure that the existing inter agency rivalry between NAPTIP and the Nigerian Police in the area of combating trafficking is bridged to a point where they are able to work together respond to the issues and assist victims of this crime Our expectations is that part of the fall out from this training is that we will be able to see that cases are being referred and feedbacks are also being provided as part of commitment from the participants he added Omotosho expressed confidence that the programme would be continuous We are hoping to replicate the same with the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS whereby we have NIS the Police and NAPTIP even Civil Society Organisations collaborate The NIS is always at the border and can easily detect the crime when it has to do with cross border trafficking and refer to either NAPTIP or Police knowing fully well that NAPTIP s presence is limited We also have a body that is supporting NAPTIP in this fight called Network of Society Coalition Against Trafficking and Abuse So with all these collaboration there is no hiding place for the perpetrators of this crime he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAPTIP trains Heads of Anti-Trafficking Units on combating crime
     The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP on Friday trained the Heads of Anti Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force across the country on best ways and effective tips to combat human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training took place at the Dover Hotel Ikeja Lagos Mr Arinze Orakwe Director of Training and Manpower Development NAPTIP in his opening remarks said that the programme was part of Initiatives to develop the capacity of Police across the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja Orakwe also said that the training was to remind participants of their specific and general role as the Nigeria Police Force and as chief law enforcement agency in the country This is a programme designed by the Director General of NAPTIP to build synergy with the police and also to erect structures within communities that are tuned to demands of trafficking NAPTIP just has nine zonal offices about eight state offices and liaison offices It is still not enough compared to Police with presence in the 774 local governments areas So we really need the Police and that is why we have identified these trafficking units and training of the personnel to identify trafficking in persons victims protocols referrals protocols for return integration and communication Trafficking of persons has one definition as given by United Nations because those are the specific demands that are made of the agency and we need to make them to understand this he added The NAPTIP official noted that combating trafficking was most important for the survival of the nation He added that the training was to equally make participants understand different measures to handle trafficking related cases What NAPTIP has done with the support of ECOWAS is to invite other countries in the West Coast to enact similar laws set up similar agencies like we have same in Ghana Gambia Niger International organisations are helping us populate similar decision in West African region Speaking Bertha Ngurulu Project Officer Counter Trafficking and Mixed Migration with the Inter Organisation for Migration IOM said that there was need for collaboration and partnership of stakeholders to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of trafficking in the areas of investigation and prosecution Ngurulu called on citizens particularly youths being offered job or study abroad in foreign countries for greener pastures to be careful in order not to fall victim of trafficking According to her some countries in the Middle East are known for exploitation and a certain group of young girls in a nationality are usually targeted Therefore it s an indicator that trafficking is involved The message for everyone particularly young people seeking greener pastures abroad is that whenever they are in doubt of any offer and do not have adequate or genuine information on where they are going they should please reach out to NAPTIP It is most important so that they can be guided For example when you re being offered a job that you don t have the requirements and not qualified to get know there s more to it she added Meanwhile Mr Bello Omotosho Technical Advisor in charge of Component One of Governance Component Action Against Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants A TIPSOM described the programme as holistic approach against trafficking Omotosho said that no fewer than 60 participants were taking part in the A TIPSOM a project funded by European Union and Implemented by International and Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies FIIAPP He added that it was collaborating with IOM to support the NAPTIP to train the Heads of Anti Human Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force from the 36 States of the Federation FCT and the FCID He said that the platform also provided an enabling environment for stakeholders to henceforth work together and relate with one another on the fight against trafficking According to him capacity of the heads of Anti Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force have been built and equiped with relevant skills to respond in a timely manner to cases that come to their knowledge The essence of this training is to ensure that the existing inter agency rivalry between NAPTIP and the Nigerian Police in the area of combating trafficking is bridged to a point where they are able to work together respond to the issues and assist victims of this crime Our expectations is that part of the fall out from this training is that we will be able to see that cases are being referred and feedbacks are also being provided as part of commitment from the participants he added Omotosho expressed confidence that the programme would be continuous We are hoping to replicate the same with the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS whereby we have NIS the Police and NAPTIP even Civil Society Organisations collaborate The NIS is always at the border and can easily detect the crime when it has to do with cross border trafficking and refer to either NAPTIP or Police knowing fully well that NAPTIP s presence is limited We also have a body that is supporting NAPTIP in this fight called Network of Society Coalition Against Trafficking and Abuse So with all these collaboration there is no hiding place for the perpetrators of this crime he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAPTIP trains Heads of Anti-Trafficking Units on combating crime
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    NAPTIP trains Heads of Anti-Trafficking Units on combating crime

    The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Friday trained the Heads of Anti-Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force across the country on best ways and effective tips to combat human trafficking.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training took place at the Dover Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

    Mr Arinze Orakwe, Director of Training and Manpower Development, NAPTIP, in his opening remarks, said that the programme was part of Initiatives to develop the capacity of Police across the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

    Orakwe also said that the training was to remind participants of their specific and general role as the Nigeria Police Force and as chief law enforcement agency in the country .

    “This is a programme designed by the Director-General of NAPTIP to build synergy with the police and also to erect structures within communities that are tuned to demands of trafficking.

    “NAPTIP just has nine zonal offices, about eight state offices and liaison offices.

    It is still not enough compared to Police, with presence in the 774 local governments areas.

    “So, we really need the Police and that is why we have identified these trafficking units and training of the personnel to identify trafficking in persons, victims, protocols, referrals, protocols for return, integration and communication.

    “Trafficking of persons has one definition as given by United Nations because those are the specific demands that are made of the agency and we need to make them to understand this,” he added.

    The NAPTIP official noted that combating trafficking was most important for the survival of the nation.

    He added that the training was to equally make participants understand different measures to handle trafficking related cases.

    “What NAPTIP has done with the support of ECOWAS is to invite other countries in the West Coast to enact similar laws, set up similar agencies like we have same in Ghana, Gambia, Niger.

    “International organisations are helping us populate similar decision in West African region.

    ”Speaking, Bertha Ngurulu, Project Officer, Counter Trafficking and Mixed Migration with the Inter Organisation for Migration (IOM),  said that there was need for collaboration and partnership of stakeholders to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of trafficking in the areas of investigation and prosecution.

    Ngurulu called on citizens, particularly youths,  being offered job or study abroad in foreign countries for greener pastures to be careful in order not to fall victim of trafficking.

    According to her, some countries in the Middle East are known for exploitation and a certain group of young girls in a nationality are usually targeted.

    “Therefore, it’s an indicator that trafficking is involved.

    “The message for everyone, particularly young people, seeking greener pastures abroad is that whenever they are in doubt of any offer and do not have adequate or genuine information on where they are going, they should please reach out to NAPTIP.

    “It is most important so that they can be guided.

    “For example, when you’re being offered a job that you don’t have the requirements and not qualified to get, know there’s more to it,” she added.

    Meanwhile, Mr Bello Omotosho, Technical Advisor in charge of Component One of Governance Component, Action Against Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), described the programme as holistic approach against trafficking.

    Omotosho said that no fewer than 60 participants were taking part in the A-TIPSOM, a project funded by European Union and Implemented by International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).

    He added that it was collaborating with IOM to support the NAPTIP to train the Heads of Anti-Human Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force from the 36 States of the Federation, FCT and   the FCID.

    He said that the platform also provided an enabling environment for stakeholders to henceforth work together and relate with one another on the fight against trafficking.

    According to him, capacity of the heads of Anti-Trafficking Units of the Nigeria Police Force have been built and equiped with relevant skills to respond in a timely manner to cases that come to their knowledge.

    “The essence of this training is to ensure that the existing inter agency rivalry between NAPTIP and the Nigerian Police in the area of combating trafficking is bridged to a point where they are able to work together, respond to the issues and assist victims of this crime.

    “Our expectations is that part of the fall out  from this training is that we will be able to see that cases are being referred and feedbacks are also being provided as part of commitment from the participants,” he added.

    Omotosho expressed confidence that the programme would be continuous.

    “We are hoping to replicate the same with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) whereby we have NIS, the Police and NAPTIP, even Civil Society Organisations, collaborate.

    “The NIS is always at the border and can easily detect the crime when it has to do with cross border trafficking and refer to either NAPTIP or Police, knowing fully well that NAPTIP’s presence is limited.

    “We also have a body that is supporting NAPTIP in this fight called Network of Society Coalition Against Trafficking and Abuse.

    “So, with all these collaboration, there is no hiding place for the perpetrators of this crime,” he said.

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  • Officials approve human rights plan for Olympic Games and more
    Officials approve human rights plan for Olympic Games and more
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    Officials approve human rights plan for Olympic Games and more

  •  The Medical Director Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta Lagos Dr Adedamola Dada has urged every organisation and employee to develop a strategic human resource plan to increase operational efficiency Dada gave the advice at the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria SQHN on Friday The theme of the conference was Human Resource for Healthcare Building An Efficient amp Resilient Workforce He said that workers in the healthcare sector had suffered huge human resource development setbacks that resulted to massive brain drain According to him the inability of an organisation to address the major issues that enhance human resource and capacity development is amajor cause of brain drain and poor workforce in Nigeria The medical director identified the specific steps to achieve strategic human resource plan to include training motivation adequate working tools mentoring reward and discipline Organisations should be able to identify encourage and retain its human resource which is key to efficient growth and development of any organisation The ability of an organisation to continually train and develop its human resource is a key step to enhance quality of service delivery The Nigeria healthcare sector presently suffers brain drain and workforce challenges due to the inability to put the right strategic human resource in place The healthcare organisations lack the capacity to retain the talented human resource he said Dada noted that an organisation could be overstaff yet lack enough workers in the critical clinical sections as the case in some health Institutions A Human Resource Professional Dr Obinna Obi identified poor human resource planning and budget as the major barrier to human resource management Obi a key speaker at the conference said that most healthcare organisations provided little or no budget for human resource management and development He pointed out other challenges to human resource management as employee burnout mental wellbeing skill mix and distribution He said that there was no provision for training and retraining for human resource in many organisations adding that up to date knowledge acquisition particularly for healthcare workforce was necessary for effective service delivery Aside from good renumeration and motivation a lot of organisations do not deem it necessary to send its workforce for overseas training and refresher courses To get the best from human resource there is need to make budget and invest in it but if you don t spend resources on human resource then you fail Obi said He advised healthcare organisations to embrace Public Priivate Partnership and technology digitalisation as they play vital role in enhancing skill acquisition in the workforce Earlier an SQHN Board Member Dr Kunle Onakoya decried the effects of brain drain in the health sector because it had stressed out the available workforce Onakoya who represented SQHN s President Dr Abiodun Wright said that workload could result to inefficient service delivery by the available healthcare workforce to the detriment of the patients He added that improving human resource management required collective efforts of all the stakeholders including the government employees organisations and the workforce generally NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human resource development, key to healthcare organisation efficiency – Experts
     The Medical Director Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta Lagos Dr Adedamola Dada has urged every organisation and employee to develop a strategic human resource plan to increase operational efficiency Dada gave the advice at the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria SQHN on Friday The theme of the conference was Human Resource for Healthcare Building An Efficient amp Resilient Workforce He said that workers in the healthcare sector had suffered huge human resource development setbacks that resulted to massive brain drain According to him the inability of an organisation to address the major issues that enhance human resource and capacity development is amajor cause of brain drain and poor workforce in Nigeria The medical director identified the specific steps to achieve strategic human resource plan to include training motivation adequate working tools mentoring reward and discipline Organisations should be able to identify encourage and retain its human resource which is key to efficient growth and development of any organisation The ability of an organisation to continually train and develop its human resource is a key step to enhance quality of service delivery The Nigeria healthcare sector presently suffers brain drain and workforce challenges due to the inability to put the right strategic human resource in place The healthcare organisations lack the capacity to retain the talented human resource he said Dada noted that an organisation could be overstaff yet lack enough workers in the critical clinical sections as the case in some health Institutions A Human Resource Professional Dr Obinna Obi identified poor human resource planning and budget as the major barrier to human resource management Obi a key speaker at the conference said that most healthcare organisations provided little or no budget for human resource management and development He pointed out other challenges to human resource management as employee burnout mental wellbeing skill mix and distribution He said that there was no provision for training and retraining for human resource in many organisations adding that up to date knowledge acquisition particularly for healthcare workforce was necessary for effective service delivery Aside from good renumeration and motivation a lot of organisations do not deem it necessary to send its workforce for overseas training and refresher courses To get the best from human resource there is need to make budget and invest in it but if you don t spend resources on human resource then you fail Obi said He advised healthcare organisations to embrace Public Priivate Partnership and technology digitalisation as they play vital role in enhancing skill acquisition in the workforce Earlier an SQHN Board Member Dr Kunle Onakoya decried the effects of brain drain in the health sector because it had stressed out the available workforce Onakoya who represented SQHN s President Dr Abiodun Wright said that workload could result to inefficient service delivery by the available healthcare workforce to the detriment of the patients He added that improving human resource management required collective efforts of all the stakeholders including the government employees organisations and the workforce generally NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human resource development, key to healthcare organisation efficiency – Experts
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    Human resource development, key to healthcare organisation efficiency – Experts

    The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Dr Adedamola Dada, has urged every organisation and employee to develop a strategic human resource plan, to increase operational efficiency.

    Dada gave the advice at the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN) on Friday.

    The theme of the conference was: “Human Resource for Healthcare: Building An Efficient & Resilient Workforce”.

    He said that workers in the healthcare sector had suffered huge human resource development setbacks that resulted to massive brain drain.

    According to him, the inability of an organisation to address the major issues that enhance human resource and capacity development is amajor cause of brain drain and poor workforce in Nigeria.

    The medical director identified the specific steps to achieve strategic human resource plan to include training, motivation, adequate working tools, mentoring, reward and discipline.

    ”Organisations should be able to identify, encourage and retain its human resource which is key to efficient growth and development of any organisation.

    “The ability of an organisation to continually train and develop its human resource is a key step to enhance quality of service delivery.

    “The Nigeria healthcare sector presently suffers brain drain and workforce challenges due to the inability to put the right strategic human resource in place.

    “The healthcare organisations lack the capacity to retain the talented human resource,” he said.

    Dada noted that an organisation could be overstaff, yet lack enough workers in the critical clinical sections as the case in some health Institutions.

    A Human Resource Professional, Dr Obinna Obi, identified poor human resource planning and budget as the major barrier to human resource management.

    Obi, a key speaker at the conference, said that most healthcare organisations provided little or no budget for human resource management and development.

    He pointed out other challenges to human resource management as employee burnout, mental wellbeing, skill mix and distribution.

    He said that there was no provision for training and retraining for human resource in many organisations, adding that up-to-date knowledge acquisition particularly for healthcare workforce was necessary for effective service delivery.

    “Aside from good renumeration and motivation, a lot of organisations do not deem it necessary to send its workforce for overseas training and refresher courses.

    “To get the best from human resource, there is need to make budget and invest in it; but if you don’t spend resources on human resource, then you fail,” Obi said.

    He advised healthcare organisations to embrace Public-Priivate-Partnership and technology digitalisation, as they play vital role in enhancing skill acquisition in the workforce.

    Earlier, an SQHN Board Member, Dr Kunle Onakoya, decried the effects of brain drain in the health sector because it had stressed out the available workforce.

    Onakoya, who represented SQHN’s President, Dr Abiodun Wright, said that workload could result to inefficient service delivery by the available healthcare workforce to the detriment of the patients.

    He added that improving human resource management required collective efforts of all the stakeholders including the government, employees, organisations and the workforce generally.


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