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  •  The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to raise the benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent was received by some economists on Tuesday with mixed reactions While some told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos that the outcome of the MPC meeting was expected as inflation was still growing others said it could be counter productive NAN reports that members of the MPC unanimously voted to raise MPR at 13 per cent asymmetric corridor at 100 and 700 basis points around the MPR and liquidity ratio at 30 per cent CRR at 27 5 per cent Akpan Ekpo a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Uyo Akwa Ibom said the apex bank took the right decision I expected the MPC to raise the MPR in order to tame the rising inflationary trend which is a global phenomenon In addition the fiscal authorities should continue to implement programmes especially those in the 2021 2025 development plan It is also crucial to take advantage of the war between Russia and Ukraine by enhancing the production of wheat and other grains It is not that easy to strike the balance between inflation and growth It is thus important for both monetary and fiscal authorities to monitor and efficiently manage the economy to enhance growth with moderate inflation he said Similarly Uche Uwaleke a Professor of Finance and Capital Market at the Nasarawa State University agreed that the MPC took an acceptable decision to increase MPR This was expected with the hike in policy rates by the US Fed the European Central Bank and the South African Reserve Bank to name a few all in a bid to cage elevated inflation I would have been surprised if the MPC did not adopt a hawkish policy stance If you noticed the equities market tanked last week after printing strong gains in the previous two weeks The sell offs witnessed were not unconnected with the expectation that the MPC would likely jerk up the MPR In my view the two major reasons that inclined the MPC to do so are rising inflation and weakening naira Understandably the current MPR of 11 5 per cent has been in place since September 2020 The need to stem capital flight against the backdrop of rising yields especially in the US and Europe was a major consideration for the MPC this time around Uwaleke said In the same vein Prof Ndubisi Nwokoma Director Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research CEPAR University of Lagos said the decision was okay In my opinion this is fine There is need to tighten credit to arrest both the slide in the exchange rate as well as the growing rate of inflation he said However Hassan Oaikhenan Professor of Economics at the University of Benin Benin City said the committee s decision to raise benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent appeared to be off the mark To the MPC the objective of raising the MPR to 13 per cent is to curb inflation and to support the fragile economy It is my considered opinion that raising interest rate to curb supply side induced inflation that is an inflationary situation that is occasioned by supply shortages of essential goods appears to be off the mark The inflationary situation in the country is closely intertwined with what has turned out to be the near permanent misfortunes of the naira in the foreign exchange market which has served to inhibit the importation of essential goods that are not domestically produced The severely limited domestic production especially of agricultural commodities no thanks to the pervasive problem of insecurity taken alongside the phenomenal depreciation of the naira means that the inflationary situation in the country is not demand driven Accordingly the MPC s decision to raise interest rate with a view to curbing the high and rising inflation rate thus becomes a questionable policy thrust he said Oaikhenan said even more questionable was the decision to raise the interest rate as a way of supporting the fragile economy This is like turning logic on its head interest rate is normally lowered to support a fragile economy as it will make it possible for businesses to invest creating employment and expanding domestic production By so doing and ultimately serving to raise the level of output of goods and services So in my view the decision of the MPC given the stated objectives of curbing supply side induced inflation and supporting the fragile economy can be likened to a driver s decision to accelerate whereas should in fact be applying the brakes Sheriffdeen Tella a Professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun also said raising the MPR was not good Raising the MPR at this time is not good because it raises the cost of borrowing in the face of depreciating naira The action is tight money policy which will further heighten inflation instead of providing relieve It doesn t meet my expectation I expected the rates to be left alone but statements be made on falling exchange rate he said NAN
    MPC: Mixed reactions greet interest rate hike
     The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to raise the benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent was received by some economists on Tuesday with mixed reactions While some told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos that the outcome of the MPC meeting was expected as inflation was still growing others said it could be counter productive NAN reports that members of the MPC unanimously voted to raise MPR at 13 per cent asymmetric corridor at 100 and 700 basis points around the MPR and liquidity ratio at 30 per cent CRR at 27 5 per cent Akpan Ekpo a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Uyo Akwa Ibom said the apex bank took the right decision I expected the MPC to raise the MPR in order to tame the rising inflationary trend which is a global phenomenon In addition the fiscal authorities should continue to implement programmes especially those in the 2021 2025 development plan It is also crucial to take advantage of the war between Russia and Ukraine by enhancing the production of wheat and other grains It is not that easy to strike the balance between inflation and growth It is thus important for both monetary and fiscal authorities to monitor and efficiently manage the economy to enhance growth with moderate inflation he said Similarly Uche Uwaleke a Professor of Finance and Capital Market at the Nasarawa State University agreed that the MPC took an acceptable decision to increase MPR This was expected with the hike in policy rates by the US Fed the European Central Bank and the South African Reserve Bank to name a few all in a bid to cage elevated inflation I would have been surprised if the MPC did not adopt a hawkish policy stance If you noticed the equities market tanked last week after printing strong gains in the previous two weeks The sell offs witnessed were not unconnected with the expectation that the MPC would likely jerk up the MPR In my view the two major reasons that inclined the MPC to do so are rising inflation and weakening naira Understandably the current MPR of 11 5 per cent has been in place since September 2020 The need to stem capital flight against the backdrop of rising yields especially in the US and Europe was a major consideration for the MPC this time around Uwaleke said In the same vein Prof Ndubisi Nwokoma Director Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research CEPAR University of Lagos said the decision was okay In my opinion this is fine There is need to tighten credit to arrest both the slide in the exchange rate as well as the growing rate of inflation he said However Hassan Oaikhenan Professor of Economics at the University of Benin Benin City said the committee s decision to raise benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent appeared to be off the mark To the MPC the objective of raising the MPR to 13 per cent is to curb inflation and to support the fragile economy It is my considered opinion that raising interest rate to curb supply side induced inflation that is an inflationary situation that is occasioned by supply shortages of essential goods appears to be off the mark The inflationary situation in the country is closely intertwined with what has turned out to be the near permanent misfortunes of the naira in the foreign exchange market which has served to inhibit the importation of essential goods that are not domestically produced The severely limited domestic production especially of agricultural commodities no thanks to the pervasive problem of insecurity taken alongside the phenomenal depreciation of the naira means that the inflationary situation in the country is not demand driven Accordingly the MPC s decision to raise interest rate with a view to curbing the high and rising inflation rate thus becomes a questionable policy thrust he said Oaikhenan said even more questionable was the decision to raise the interest rate as a way of supporting the fragile economy This is like turning logic on its head interest rate is normally lowered to support a fragile economy as it will make it possible for businesses to invest creating employment and expanding domestic production By so doing and ultimately serving to raise the level of output of goods and services So in my view the decision of the MPC given the stated objectives of curbing supply side induced inflation and supporting the fragile economy can be likened to a driver s decision to accelerate whereas should in fact be applying the brakes Sheriffdeen Tella a Professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun also said raising the MPR was not good Raising the MPR at this time is not good because it raises the cost of borrowing in the face of depreciating naira The action is tight money policy which will further heighten inflation instead of providing relieve It doesn t meet my expectation I expected the rates to be left alone but statements be made on falling exchange rate he said NAN
    MPC: Mixed reactions greet interest rate hike
    Economy6 months ago

    MPC: Mixed reactions greet interest rate hike

    The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to raise the benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent was received by some economists on Tuesday with mixed reactions.

    While some told the News Agency of Nigeria , in separate interviews in Lagos, that the outcome of the MPC meeting was expected as inflation was still growing, others said it could be counter productive.

    NAN reports that members of the MPC unanimously voted to raise MPR at 13 per cent, asymmetric corridor at +100 and -700 basis points around the MPR and liquidity ratio at 30 per cent, CRR at 27.5 per cent.

    Akpan Ekpo, a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, said the apex bank took the right decision.

    “I expected the MPC to raise the MPR in order to tame the rising inflationary trend, which is a global phenomenon.

    “In addition, the fiscal authorities should continue to implement programmes especially those in the 2021-2025 development plan.

    “It is also crucial to take advantage of the war between Russia and Ukraine by enhancing the production of wheat and other grains. It is not that easy to strike the balance between inflation and growth.

    “It is thus important for both monetary and fiscal authorities to monitor and efficiently manage the economy to enhance growth with moderate inflation,” he said.

    Similarly, Uche Uwaleke, a Professor of Finance and Capital Market at the Nasarawa State University, agreed that the MPC took an acceptable decision to increase MPR.

    “This was expected; with the hike in policy rates by the US Fed, the European Central Bank and the South African Reserve Bank to name a few, all in a bid to cage elevated inflation, I would have been surprised if the MPC did not adopt a hawkish policy stance.

    “If you noticed, the equities market tanked last week after printing strong gains in the previous two weeks. The sell offs witnessed were not unconnected with the expectation that the MPC would likely jerk up the MPR.

    “In my view, the two major reasons that inclined the MPC to do so are rising inflation and weakening naira.

    “Understandably, the current MPR of 11.5 per cent has been in place since September 2020. The need to stem capital flight against the backdrop of rising yields, especially in the US and Europe, was a major consideration for the MPC this time around,” Uwaleke said.

    In the same vein, Prof. Ndubisi Nwokoma, Director, Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research (CEPAR) University of Lagos, said the decision was okay.

    “In my opinion, this is fine. There is need to tighten credit to arrest both the slide in the exchange rate as well as the growing rate of inflation,” he said.

    However, Hassan Oaikhenan, Professor of Economics at the University of Benin, Benin-City, said the committee’s decision to raise benchmark interest rate to 13 per cent appeared to be off the mark.

    “To the MPC, the objective of raising the MPR to 13 per cent is to curb inflation and to support the fragile economy.

    “It is my considered opinion that raising interest rate to curb supply side-induced inflation, that is, an inflationary situation that is occasioned by supply shortages (of essential goods) appears to be off the mark.

    “The inflationary situation in the country is closely intertwined with what has turned out to be the near permanent misfortunes of the naira in the foreign exchange market, which has served to inhibit the importation of essential goods that are not domestically produced.

    “The severely limited domestic production, especially of agricultural commodities, no thanks to the pervasive problem of insecurity, taken alongside the phenomenal depreciation of the naira means that the inflationary situation in the country is not demand-driven.

    “Accordingly, the MPC’s decision to raise interest rate with a view to curbing the high and rising inflation rate thus becomes a questionable policy thrust,” he said.

    Oaikhenan said even more questionable was the decision to raise the interest rate as a way of supporting the fragile economy.

    “This is like turning logic on its head; interest rate is normally lowered to support a fragile economy, as it will make it possible for businesses to invest, creating employment and expanding domestic production.

    “By so doing and ultimately serving to raise the level of output of goods and services.

    “So, in my view, the decision of the MPC, given the stated objectives (of curbing supply-side induced inflation and supporting the fragile economy) can be likened to a driver’s decision to accelerate whereas should, in fact, be applying the brakes!”

    Sheriffdeen Tella,  a Professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, also said raising the MPR was not good.

    “Raising the MPR at this time is not good because it raises the cost of borrowing in the face of depreciating naira.

    “The action is tight money policy, which will further heighten inflation instead of providing relieve. It doesn’t meet my expectation.

    “I expected the rates to be left alone but statements be made on falling exchange rate,” he said. (

    (NAN)

  •  Edo State Sports Commission on Tuesday sacked the Head Coach of Edo Queens Women Football Club of Benin Wemimo Mathew The commission immediately installed as her replacement the club s Assistant Coach Niyi John He is to take over till the end of the Super Six tournament which helps to draw the curtain on the 20212022 Nigeria Women Football League NWFL The Commission s Chairman Yusuf Ali announced the sack after Edo Queens lost 0 1 against the Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia in their second game at the Super six tournament From my own understanding and my findings I think the coach is not capable At this point we have to relieve her of her appointment and let the assistant take over until after the tournament I will now know what to do with the team then But for now let the assistant take over he said Matthew while speaking on the outcome of the match had said her players tried their best to score a goal but could not They started well but they did not play to my expectations Responding to questions on some of the substitutions she made during the game Matthew said players on the bench were equally good and they played well Reacting later to the news of her sack she said Well if that is what they want I do not see anything bad about it But this is not the team that I met here Last year they were beating them 4 0 in the Super Six Last year in qualifying for this event they took fourth but we took second this year to qualify for the Super Six They lost all their matches last year We played a draw in our first game yesterday Monday Even during the league we played 10 matches and stayed unbeaten We were winning away and home matches They could not even win any away match last year They lost to Adamawa Queens home and away last year and this year we went to beat Nasarawa Amazons home and away So if they have any secret reasons as to why they have do this her sacking no problem she said Matthew insisted that she did well for the team because it takes time to build a team I brought players from 12 different clubs and it takes time for them to work together The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match was both sides second match at the competition holding at the University of Benin s Sports Complex NAN
    Commission sacks Edo Queens coach after losing at NWFL Super Six
     Edo State Sports Commission on Tuesday sacked the Head Coach of Edo Queens Women Football Club of Benin Wemimo Mathew The commission immediately installed as her replacement the club s Assistant Coach Niyi John He is to take over till the end of the Super Six tournament which helps to draw the curtain on the 20212022 Nigeria Women Football League NWFL The Commission s Chairman Yusuf Ali announced the sack after Edo Queens lost 0 1 against the Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia in their second game at the Super six tournament From my own understanding and my findings I think the coach is not capable At this point we have to relieve her of her appointment and let the assistant take over until after the tournament I will now know what to do with the team then But for now let the assistant take over he said Matthew while speaking on the outcome of the match had said her players tried their best to score a goal but could not They started well but they did not play to my expectations Responding to questions on some of the substitutions she made during the game Matthew said players on the bench were equally good and they played well Reacting later to the news of her sack she said Well if that is what they want I do not see anything bad about it But this is not the team that I met here Last year they were beating them 4 0 in the Super Six Last year in qualifying for this event they took fourth but we took second this year to qualify for the Super Six They lost all their matches last year We played a draw in our first game yesterday Monday Even during the league we played 10 matches and stayed unbeaten We were winning away and home matches They could not even win any away match last year They lost to Adamawa Queens home and away last year and this year we went to beat Nasarawa Amazons home and away So if they have any secret reasons as to why they have do this her sacking no problem she said Matthew insisted that she did well for the team because it takes time to build a team I brought players from 12 different clubs and it takes time for them to work together The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match was both sides second match at the competition holding at the University of Benin s Sports Complex NAN
    Commission sacks Edo Queens coach after losing at NWFL Super Six
    General news7 months ago

    Commission sacks Edo Queens coach after losing at NWFL Super Six

    Edo State Sports Commission on Tuesday sacked the Head Coach of Edo Queens Women Football Club of Benin, Wemimo Mathew.

    The commission immediately installed as her replacement the club’s Assistant Coach, Niyi John.

    He is to take over till the end of the Super Six tournament which helps to draw the curtain on the 20212022 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

    The Commission’s Chairman, Yusuf Ali, announced the sack after Edo Queens lost 0-1 against the Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia in their second game at the Super six tournament.

    “From my own understanding and my findings, I think the coach is not capable. At this point we have to relieve her of her appointment, and let the assistant take over until after the tournament.

    ”I will now know what to do with the team then. But for now, let the assistant take over,’’ he said.

    Matthew, while speaking on the outcome of the match, had said her players tried their best to score a goal but could not.

    ”They started well, but they did not play to my expectations.”

    Responding to questions on some of the substitutions she made during the game, Matthew said players on the bench were equally good and they played well.

    Reacting later to the news of her sack, she said: “Well, if that is what they want, I do not see anything bad about it. But this is not the team that I met here.

    “Last year, they were beating them 4-0 in the Super Six. Last year in qualifying for this event, they took fourth, but we took second this year to qualify for the Super Six.

    “They lost all their matches last year. We played a draw in our first game yesterday (Monday). Even during the league, we played 10 matches and stayed unbeaten. We were winning away and home matches.

    “They could not even win any away match last year. They lost to Adamawa Queens home and away last year and this year we went to beat Nasarawa Amazons home and away.

    ”So, if they have any secret reasons as to why they have do this (her sacking), no problem,’’ she said.

    Matthew insisted that she did well for the team, because it takes time to build a team. “I brought players from 12 different clubs and it takes time for them to work together.”

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match was both sides’ second match at the competition holding at the University of Benin’s Sports Complex.


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    (NAN)

  •  All is now set for Edo to play host to the best of the Nigeria s Women Football League NWFL the Super Six tournament at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin from May 16 to May 22 A statement by the Cheif Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor Musa Ebomhiana said the University of Benin UNIBEN sports complex had been designated as the other venue for the tournament He said everything needed for the successful hosting of the tournament had been put in place He listed the six participating teams as the host state team Edo Queens defending champion Rivers Angels Bayelsa Queens Naija Ratels Nasarawa Amazons and runners up in the first edition Delta Queens Ebomhania said that the tournament would be used to decide Nigeria s representatives at the regional second edition of the CAF Women Champions League According to the statement the participating teams qualified from the two group table of the NWFL based on their placement in each group in the regular season While Nasarawa Amazons Edo Queens and Naija Ratels emerged the three best teams from their group Bayelsa Queens Rivers Angels and Delta Queens picked the three available tickets from their group It would be recalled that Edo Queens narrowly lost the top spot by a point to Nasarawa Amazons at the conclusion of the 20212022 regular season Ebomhiana said the host team was well motivated to clinch the top prize Three matches are scheduled to be played daily Two games will be played simultaneously by 10 a m and 4 p m The hosting of the NWFL Super Six is a pointer that Edo State is a sports hub and preferred destination for stakeholders as well as investors in the sports industry with state of the art facilities he stated NAN
    NWFL: Edo set to host 2022 Super Six tournament
     All is now set for Edo to play host to the best of the Nigeria s Women Football League NWFL the Super Six tournament at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin from May 16 to May 22 A statement by the Cheif Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor Musa Ebomhiana said the University of Benin UNIBEN sports complex had been designated as the other venue for the tournament He said everything needed for the successful hosting of the tournament had been put in place He listed the six participating teams as the host state team Edo Queens defending champion Rivers Angels Bayelsa Queens Naija Ratels Nasarawa Amazons and runners up in the first edition Delta Queens Ebomhania said that the tournament would be used to decide Nigeria s representatives at the regional second edition of the CAF Women Champions League According to the statement the participating teams qualified from the two group table of the NWFL based on their placement in each group in the regular season While Nasarawa Amazons Edo Queens and Naija Ratels emerged the three best teams from their group Bayelsa Queens Rivers Angels and Delta Queens picked the three available tickets from their group It would be recalled that Edo Queens narrowly lost the top spot by a point to Nasarawa Amazons at the conclusion of the 20212022 regular season Ebomhiana said the host team was well motivated to clinch the top prize Three matches are scheduled to be played daily Two games will be played simultaneously by 10 a m and 4 p m The hosting of the NWFL Super Six is a pointer that Edo State is a sports hub and preferred destination for stakeholders as well as investors in the sports industry with state of the art facilities he stated NAN
    NWFL: Edo set to host 2022 Super Six tournament
    General news7 months ago

    NWFL: Edo set to host 2022 Super Six tournament

    All is now set for Edo to play host to the best of the Nigeria’s Women Football League (NWFL), the Super Six tournament, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin from May 16 to May 22.

    A statement by the Cheif Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor, Musa Ebomhiana, said the University of Benin (UNIBEN) sports complex had been designated as the other venue for the tournament.

    He said everything needed for the successful hosting of the tournament had been put in place.

    He listed the six participating teams as the host state team, Edo Queens, defending champion; Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Naija Ratels, Nasarawa Amazons and runners up in the first edition, Delta Queens.

    Ebomhania said that the tournament would be used to decide Nigeria’s representatives at the regional second edition of the CAF Women Champions League .

    According to the statement, the participating teams qualified from the two group table of the NWFL, based on their placement in each group, in the regular season.

    While Nasarawa Amazons, Edo Queens and Naija Ratels emerged the three best teams from their group, Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels and Delta Queens picked the three available tickets from their group .

    It would be recalled that Edo Queens narrowly lost the top spot by a point to Nasarawa Amazons at the conclusion of the 20212022 regular season.

    Ebomhiana said the host team was well motivated to clinch the top prize.

    “Three matches are scheduled to be played daily. Two games will be played simultaneously by 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    “The hosting of the NWFL Super Six is a pointer that Edo State is a sports hub and preferred destination for stakeholders as well as investors in the sports industry, with state of the art facilities,” he stated.

    (NAN)

  •   By Nefishetu Yakubu The Center for Global Eco Innovation CGE Nigeria ACTUATE on Monday advised farmers in Edo and other parts of the country to adopt the use of digestate as a viable alternative fertilizer The centre s president and team leader Professor Lawrence Ezemonye made the call during a workshop stakeholder engagement for smallholder farmers and students on resource recovery Represented by Professor Christopher Emokaro Ezemonye noted that the ACTUATE project recognizes the importance of farmers He added that the workshop was held to introduce farmers to the use of technology to make fertilizer from waste Ezemonye said technology remains a credible option for waste management He noted that the center located at the University of Benin was working in collaboration with the University of Lancaster UK and the Global Challenges Research Fund GCRF the sponsors of the ACTUATE project Ezemonye said that ACTUATE s main goal is to build functional anaerobic digestion demonstration facilities in Ghana and Nigeria to process organic waste To generate energy and for the resulting digestate to be used as a sustainable soil conditioner fertilizer The training workshop is an achievement of one of the main mandates of the ACTUATE project to work with stakeholders to highlight technology as a credible option for waste management he said Ezemonye said the workshop highlighted the importance of universities as strategic engines of the economy and development in any region He further said that the workshop was necessary to stimulate the interest of farmers and students in bioenergy technology to adopt the use of digestates The Nigerian News Agency reports that the workshop featured presentations by Ms Valerie Edosa soil scientist and member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team Mr Mike Ajieh member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team gave a presentation on the process of bio digestion and digestate production NAN also reports that participants in the stakeholder workshop included smallholder farmers and students from UNIBEN s faculties of agriculture and engineering NOPE NAN
    Centre advises farmers on alternative fertiliser
      By Nefishetu Yakubu The Center for Global Eco Innovation CGE Nigeria ACTUATE on Monday advised farmers in Edo and other parts of the country to adopt the use of digestate as a viable alternative fertilizer The centre s president and team leader Professor Lawrence Ezemonye made the call during a workshop stakeholder engagement for smallholder farmers and students on resource recovery Represented by Professor Christopher Emokaro Ezemonye noted that the ACTUATE project recognizes the importance of farmers He added that the workshop was held to introduce farmers to the use of technology to make fertilizer from waste Ezemonye said technology remains a credible option for waste management He noted that the center located at the University of Benin was working in collaboration with the University of Lancaster UK and the Global Challenges Research Fund GCRF the sponsors of the ACTUATE project Ezemonye said that ACTUATE s main goal is to build functional anaerobic digestion demonstration facilities in Ghana and Nigeria to process organic waste To generate energy and for the resulting digestate to be used as a sustainable soil conditioner fertilizer The training workshop is an achievement of one of the main mandates of the ACTUATE project to work with stakeholders to highlight technology as a credible option for waste management he said Ezemonye said the workshop highlighted the importance of universities as strategic engines of the economy and development in any region He further said that the workshop was necessary to stimulate the interest of farmers and students in bioenergy technology to adopt the use of digestates The Nigerian News Agency reports that the workshop featured presentations by Ms Valerie Edosa soil scientist and member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team Mr Mike Ajieh member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team gave a presentation on the process of bio digestion and digestate production NAN also reports that participants in the stakeholder workshop included smallholder farmers and students from UNIBEN s faculties of agriculture and engineering NOPE NAN
    Centre advises farmers on alternative fertiliser
    General news1 year ago

    Centre advises farmers on alternative fertiliser

    By Nefishetu Yakubu

    The Center for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) Nigeria / ACTUATE on Monday advised farmers in Edo and other parts of the country to adopt the use of digestate as a viable alternative fertilizer.

    The centre's president and team leader, Professor Lawrence Ezemonye, ​​made the call during a workshop / stakeholder engagement for smallholder farmers and students on resource recovery.

    Represented by Professor Christopher Emokaro, Ezemonye noted that the ACTUATE project recognizes the importance of farmers.

    He added that the workshop was held to introduce farmers to the use of technology to make fertilizer from waste.

    Ezemonye said technology remains a credible option for waste management.

    He noted that the center, located at the University of Benin, was working in collaboration with the University of Lancaster, UK and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the sponsors of the ACTUATE project.

    Ezemonye said that ACTUATE's main goal is to build functional anaerobic digestion demonstration facilities in Ghana and Nigeria to process organic waste.

    “To generate energy and for the resulting digestate to be used as a sustainable soil conditioner / fertilizer.

    “The training workshop is an achievement of one of the main mandates of the ACTUATE project to work with stakeholders to highlight technology as a credible option for waste management,” he said.

    Ezemonye said the workshop highlighted the importance of universities as strategic engines of the economy and development in any region.

    He further said that the workshop was necessary to stimulate the interest of farmers and students in bioenergy technology to adopt the use of digestates.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the workshop featured presentations by Ms. Valerie Edosa, soil scientist and member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team.

    Mr. Mike Ajieh, member of the UNIBEN ACTUATE team, gave a presentation on the process of bio-digestion and digestate production.

    NAN also reports that participants in the stakeholder workshop included smallholder farmers and students from UNIBEN's faculties of agriculture and engineering. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Usman Aliyu The Management of the University of Benin UNIBEN has warned admission seekers into the institution against activities of racketeers A statement from the university s Public Relations Officer PRO Dr Benedicta Ehanire on Saturday said racketeers had been collecting huge sums from unsuspecting applicants to facilitate admission Ehanire said the swindlers in attempt to convince their victims often walk into the university s admission offices and administration building to make their nefarious deeds look real The PRO therefore advised the public not to fall prey to such traps as no amount was being charged for admission into the university Reports have come to the University of Benin Management that professional admission racketeers whose job is to take advantage of innocent citizens seeking admission are on the prowl The unscrupulous elements collect huge sums of money from their victims pretending that they can get them admission into some choice programmes in the university They have perfected the acts of going into admissions offices or the administration building to buttress their nefarious deeds The public is advised not to fall into such traps as no money is charged for admission into the University of Benin she said He however called on any victim of the dastardly act to report to her office with proof to help the university redeem its image Such whistle blowers she said would be offered admission if qualified NAN NAN
    UNIBEN warns admission seekers against racketeers
      By Usman Aliyu The Management of the University of Benin UNIBEN has warned admission seekers into the institution against activities of racketeers A statement from the university s Public Relations Officer PRO Dr Benedicta Ehanire on Saturday said racketeers had been collecting huge sums from unsuspecting applicants to facilitate admission Ehanire said the swindlers in attempt to convince their victims often walk into the university s admission offices and administration building to make their nefarious deeds look real The PRO therefore advised the public not to fall prey to such traps as no amount was being charged for admission into the university Reports have come to the University of Benin Management that professional admission racketeers whose job is to take advantage of innocent citizens seeking admission are on the prowl The unscrupulous elements collect huge sums of money from their victims pretending that they can get them admission into some choice programmes in the university They have perfected the acts of going into admissions offices or the administration building to buttress their nefarious deeds The public is advised not to fall into such traps as no money is charged for admission into the University of Benin she said He however called on any victim of the dastardly act to report to her office with proof to help the university redeem its image Such whistle blowers she said would be offered admission if qualified NAN NAN
    UNIBEN warns admission seekers against racketeers
    Education2 years ago

    UNIBEN warns admission seekers against racketeers

    By Usman Aliyu

    The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has warned admission seekers into the institution against activities of racketeers.

    A statement from the university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr Benedicta Ehanire, on Saturday said  racketeers had been collecting huge sums from unsuspecting applicants to facilitate admission.

    Ehanire said the swindlers, in attempt to convince their victims often walk into the university’s admission offices  and administration building to make their nefarious deeds look real.

    The PRO, therefore, advised the public not to fall prey to such traps as no amount was being charged for admission into the university.

    “Reports have come to the University of Benin Management that professional admission racketeers, whose job is to take advantage of innocent citizens seeking admission, are on the prowl.

    “The unscrupulous elements collect huge sums of money from their victims, pretending that they can get them admission into some choice programmes in the university.

    “They have perfected the acts of going into admissions offices or the administration building to buttress their nefarious deeds.

    “The public is advised not to fall into such traps as no money is charged for admission into the University of Benin,” she said.

    He, however, called on any victim of the dastardly act to report to her office with proof to help the university redeem its image.

    Such whistle blowers, she said would be offered admission if qualified. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Usman Aliyu Edo s vice governor Philip Shaibu led the state s men s football team to the gold medal on Monday at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival NSF in Benin In the match Edo rebounded from a two goal deficit to defeat the Lagos side 3 2 in the final in the main bowl at the University of Benin stadium complex Hassan Akinkunmi put the Lagos side in the lead in the 10th minute of play while Chisio Orji extended the lead in the 19th minute to silence the hosts enthusiastic supporters Solomon Usia however reduced Edo s tally to the 20th minute before first half substitute Godwin Chukwu leveled up for the hosts before the break Meyiwa Samuel scored from the penalty spot in the second half to give the Edo team the winning goal The NAN reports that the stadium was filled to the brim for the match honored by Amos Adamu former director of the now dissolved National Sports Commission NSC Shaibu who was a registered player for the football event arrived three minutes after the match was over when the captain s group was handed to him The victory saw Edo take the second gold medal in the soccer event with their women s team having already beaten Lagos by just one goal in the women s category Reacting to the victory the deputy governor who is also chairman of the festival s local organizing committee LOC said the team s commitment and tenacity led them to victory He said he was delighted to have led the team to victory as he congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for his support for the development of the sport in the state NAN
    Deputy governor leads Edo to victory in NSF male football final
      By Usman Aliyu Edo s vice governor Philip Shaibu led the state s men s football team to the gold medal on Monday at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival NSF in Benin In the match Edo rebounded from a two goal deficit to defeat the Lagos side 3 2 in the final in the main bowl at the University of Benin stadium complex Hassan Akinkunmi put the Lagos side in the lead in the 10th minute of play while Chisio Orji extended the lead in the 19th minute to silence the hosts enthusiastic supporters Solomon Usia however reduced Edo s tally to the 20th minute before first half substitute Godwin Chukwu leveled up for the hosts before the break Meyiwa Samuel scored from the penalty spot in the second half to give the Edo team the winning goal The NAN reports that the stadium was filled to the brim for the match honored by Amos Adamu former director of the now dissolved National Sports Commission NSC Shaibu who was a registered player for the football event arrived three minutes after the match was over when the captain s group was handed to him The victory saw Edo take the second gold medal in the soccer event with their women s team having already beaten Lagos by just one goal in the women s category Reacting to the victory the deputy governor who is also chairman of the festival s local organizing committee LOC said the team s commitment and tenacity led them to victory He said he was delighted to have led the team to victory as he congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for his support for the development of the sport in the state NAN
    Deputy governor leads Edo to victory in NSF male football final
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    Deputy governor leads Edo to victory in NSF male football final

    By Usman Aliyu

    Edo's vice-governor, Philip Shaibu, led the state's men's football team to the gold medal on Monday at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

    In the match, Edo rebounded from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Lagos side 3-2 in the final in the main bowl at the University of Benin stadium complex.

    Hassan Akinkunmi put the Lagos side in the lead in the 10th minute of play while Chisio Orji extended the lead in the 19th minute to silence the hosts' enthusiastic supporters.

    Solomon Usia, however, reduced Edo's tally to the 20th minute before first-half substitute Godwin Chukwu leveled up for the hosts before the break.

    Meyiwa Samuel scored from the penalty spot in the second half to give the Edo team the winning goal.

    The (NAN) reports that the stadium was filled to the brim for the match honored by Amos Adamu, former director of the now dissolved National Sports Commission (NSC).

    Shaibu, who was a registered player for the football event, arrived three minutes after the match was over when the captain's group was handed to him.

    The victory saw Edo take the second gold medal in the soccer event, with their women's team having already beaten Lagos by just one goal in the women's category.

    Reacting to the victory, the deputy governor, who is also chairman of the festival's local organizing committee (LOC), said the team's commitment and tenacity led them to victory.

    He said he was delighted to have led the team to victory as he congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for his support for the development of the sport in the state.

    (NAN)

  •   By Usman Aliyu Beverage clothing and food traders from across the country besieged Benin s 20th National Sports Festival NSF game village on Sunday in an attempt to make quick sales the Nigeria News Agency reports NOPE Our correspondent who visited the village on the University of Benin campus reports that as a result the prices of these products have seen a marginal increase of 50 to 100 percent For example a bottle of soft drink costs N200 compared to the N150 sold in Benin City while a plate of rice sells for N500 Athletes coaches and other officials however received meal tickets to collect food from designated stalls in the village NAN learned Abuja food vendor Mr Brown Omede said the items were more expensive as they paid for before allocating stalls although he declined to disclose the cost of the stalls Many of us come from distant lands For example I came from Abuja said Omode The Center for the Development of Entrepreneurship at the University of Benin also operates a stand for foods such as ground yam garden egg sauce Eba Amala rice and semovita NOPE NAN
    NSF: Traders make brisk business at games village
      By Usman Aliyu Beverage clothing and food traders from across the country besieged Benin s 20th National Sports Festival NSF game village on Sunday in an attempt to make quick sales the Nigeria News Agency reports NOPE Our correspondent who visited the village on the University of Benin campus reports that as a result the prices of these products have seen a marginal increase of 50 to 100 percent For example a bottle of soft drink costs N200 compared to the N150 sold in Benin City while a plate of rice sells for N500 Athletes coaches and other officials however received meal tickets to collect food from designated stalls in the village NAN learned Abuja food vendor Mr Brown Omede said the items were more expensive as they paid for before allocating stalls although he declined to disclose the cost of the stalls Many of us come from distant lands For example I came from Abuja said Omode The Center for the Development of Entrepreneurship at the University of Benin also operates a stand for foods such as ground yam garden egg sauce Eba Amala rice and semovita NOPE NAN
    NSF: Traders make brisk business at games village
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    NSF: Traders make brisk business at games village

    By Usman Aliyu

    Beverage, clothing and food traders from across the country besieged Benin's 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) game village on Sunday in an attempt to make quick sales, the Nigeria News Agency reports ( NOPE).

    Our correspondent, who visited the village on the University of Benin campus, reports that as a result the prices of these products have seen a marginal increase of 50 to 100 percent.

    For example, a bottle of soft drink costs N200 compared to the N150 sold in Benin City, while a plate of rice sells for N500.

    Athletes, coaches and other officials, however, received meal tickets to collect food from designated stalls in the village, NAN learned.

    Abuja food vendor Mr Brown Omede said the items were more expensive as they paid for before allocating stalls, although he declined to disclose the cost of the stalls.

    “Many of us come from distant lands. For example, I came from Abuja, ”said Omode.

    The Center for the Development of Entrepreneurship at the University of Benin also operates a stand for foods such as ground yam, garden egg sauce, Eba, Amala, rice and semovita. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Usman Aliyu Athletes and officials of the 20th National Sports Festival NSF organized in Benin on Sunday subjected to COVID 19 tests at the village of games on the campus of the University of Benin The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that the tests conducted by officials from the National Center for Disease Control NCDC were aimed at determining the COVID 9 status of all athletes and officials attending the sports party While Dr Biodun Ogunniyi an NCDC official declined to comment an athlete from Bauchi State told NAN that the athletes underwent another round of tests at the Games Village even if they did made one before leaving their state This is the second time that we are doing the test We did one before we left our state and we are subject to another here Without that we will not be allowed for the matches he said The NSF labeled Edo 2020 is being held from April 2 to 14 after several postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak NOPE NAN
    Athletes, officials undergo COVID-9 test as NSF gets underway
      By Usman Aliyu Athletes and officials of the 20th National Sports Festival NSF organized in Benin on Sunday subjected to COVID 19 tests at the village of games on the campus of the University of Benin The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that the tests conducted by officials from the National Center for Disease Control NCDC were aimed at determining the COVID 9 status of all athletes and officials attending the sports party While Dr Biodun Ogunniyi an NCDC official declined to comment an athlete from Bauchi State told NAN that the athletes underwent another round of tests at the Games Village even if they did made one before leaving their state This is the second time that we are doing the test We did one before we left our state and we are subject to another here Without that we will not be allowed for the matches he said The NSF labeled Edo 2020 is being held from April 2 to 14 after several postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak NOPE NAN
    Athletes, officials undergo COVID-9 test as NSF gets underway
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    Athletes, officials undergo COVID-9 test as NSF gets underway

    By Usman Aliyu

    Athletes and officials of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) organized in Benin on Sunday, subjected to COVID-19 tests at the village of games, on the campus of the University of Benin.

    The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the tests, conducted by officials from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), were aimed at determining the COVID-9 status of all athletes and officials attending the sports party.

    While Dr Biodun Ogunniyi, an NCDC official, declined to comment, an athlete from Bauchi State told NAN that the athletes underwent another round of tests at the Games Village, even if they did. made one before leaving their state.

    “This is the second time that we are doing the test. We did one before we left our state and we are subject to another here. Without that we will not be allowed for the matches, ”he said.

    The NSF, labeled Edo 2020, is being held from April 2 to 14, after several postponements, due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Abujah Racheal President Muhammadu Buhari s wife Aisha Buhari on Tuesday advocated the use of traditional medicine as an integral part of health services Therefore she urged Nigerians to embrace traditional medicine for the treatment it offers through the use of natural plants and herbs Buhari represented by Hajiya Hajo Sani made the call in Abuja during the presentation of three books by Zainab Sharif Pharmacist and Director Head of Department Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicines TCAM Federal Ministry of Health FMOH The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the books are Medicinal First Aid Kit Kitchen Spice Rack Common Medicinal Plants of Nigeria and Herbal Healing and Therapy Recipe for Common Ailments They provide information on the various herbal plants available in Nigeria Buhari who noted that traditional complementary and alternative medicine were also important parts of treatment options praised the author for documenting his experience So I want to congratulate the author on this great achievement and call on Nigerians to buy copies and use them at home to ensure healthy and sustainable lives I also call on other practitioners of traditional complementary and alternative medicine to conduct their research with approved institutions to find cures for diseases that have plagued Nigerians she said The president s wife said the books would be of great benefit to Nigerians and medical professionals The Ooni of Ife His Majesty Adeyeye Enitan who attended the occasion as the then royal father said the country should focus on improving and developing its traditional herbal medicine According to him it can also be a source of income for the country He said that traditional medicine explores the use of various medicinal and natural plants and herbs We won t believe our common onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol all of which can lower the risk of heart disease Their potent anti inflammatory properties can also help lower high blood pressure and protect against blood clots he explained He said traditional medicine is an important part of our repositioning of social health in Africa and serves as a major source of health services In addition the Minister of State for Health Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora said the ministry has made giant strides towards promoting developing and institutionalizing traditional complementary and alternative medicine practices in the country This includes the existence of the Department of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicines TCAM Review of the National Pharmacopoeia of Medicinal Plants 2008 to include more medicinal plants Also the collaboration with the University of Benin for the creation of the TCAM Institute and the inauguration of the committee for the establishment of the Institute and the Review of the Policy of Traditional Medicine 2007 According to him other steps are the collaboration with the Council of Research and Development of Raw Materials for the cultivation and processing of Artemisia annua as well as training contract packaging and internally generated income IGR The establishment of a database of traditional medicine practitioners in the 36 states and FCT and their capacity building The establishment of an herbal tea store for the distribution of medicinal herbal teas to ensure a healthy workforce is part of the efforts to promote TCAM in the country said Mamora The minister said the government is proud of the progress made so far especially under the current administration He urged all Nigerians to take advantage and equip themselves with the knowledge about indigenous medicinal plants from the books Federation Head of Service HoSF Dr Folashade Yemi Esan said Nigeria was heavily dependent on imported medicines saying there was a need to encourage more Nigerians to venture into traditional medicines In addition the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Mr Adulaziz Mashi Abdulahi praised the efforts of the author of the books Abdulahi said TCAM practices are in fact increasingly popular around the world as they provide complementary care for modern medicines Many other scientific organizations are studying traditional medicines and their effectiveness he said In his remarks Sharif refuted claims that traditional herbal medicines were less likely to cause side effects than orthodox medicines She said This is a wrong notion because traditional herbal medicines also have side effects They can be toxic and that s why we need to do a lot of research on this she said According to her Nigeria is blessed with a vast biodiversity of flora which makes traditional medicine readily available and accessible Sharif lamented that despite the abundance of raw materials and the inherent advantages of traditional herbal medicine the development of the practice of traditional herbal medicine still poses a great challenge for the country NAN reports that the event was an avenue for discussing issues regarding the development of native herbal plants among decision makers NAN
    Aisha Buhari promotes usage of traditional medicine
      By Abujah Racheal President Muhammadu Buhari s wife Aisha Buhari on Tuesday advocated the use of traditional medicine as an integral part of health services Therefore she urged Nigerians to embrace traditional medicine for the treatment it offers through the use of natural plants and herbs Buhari represented by Hajiya Hajo Sani made the call in Abuja during the presentation of three books by Zainab Sharif Pharmacist and Director Head of Department Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicines TCAM Federal Ministry of Health FMOH The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the books are Medicinal First Aid Kit Kitchen Spice Rack Common Medicinal Plants of Nigeria and Herbal Healing and Therapy Recipe for Common Ailments They provide information on the various herbal plants available in Nigeria Buhari who noted that traditional complementary and alternative medicine were also important parts of treatment options praised the author for documenting his experience So I want to congratulate the author on this great achievement and call on Nigerians to buy copies and use them at home to ensure healthy and sustainable lives I also call on other practitioners of traditional complementary and alternative medicine to conduct their research with approved institutions to find cures for diseases that have plagued Nigerians she said The president s wife said the books would be of great benefit to Nigerians and medical professionals The Ooni of Ife His Majesty Adeyeye Enitan who attended the occasion as the then royal father said the country should focus on improving and developing its traditional herbal medicine According to him it can also be a source of income for the country He said that traditional medicine explores the use of various medicinal and natural plants and herbs We won t believe our common onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol all of which can lower the risk of heart disease Their potent anti inflammatory properties can also help lower high blood pressure and protect against blood clots he explained He said traditional medicine is an important part of our repositioning of social health in Africa and serves as a major source of health services In addition the Minister of State for Health Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora said the ministry has made giant strides towards promoting developing and institutionalizing traditional complementary and alternative medicine practices in the country This includes the existence of the Department of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicines TCAM Review of the National Pharmacopoeia of Medicinal Plants 2008 to include more medicinal plants Also the collaboration with the University of Benin for the creation of the TCAM Institute and the inauguration of the committee for the establishment of the Institute and the Review of the Policy of Traditional Medicine 2007 According to him other steps are the collaboration with the Council of Research and Development of Raw Materials for the cultivation and processing of Artemisia annua as well as training contract packaging and internally generated income IGR The establishment of a database of traditional medicine practitioners in the 36 states and FCT and their capacity building The establishment of an herbal tea store for the distribution of medicinal herbal teas to ensure a healthy workforce is part of the efforts to promote TCAM in the country said Mamora The minister said the government is proud of the progress made so far especially under the current administration He urged all Nigerians to take advantage and equip themselves with the knowledge about indigenous medicinal plants from the books Federation Head of Service HoSF Dr Folashade Yemi Esan said Nigeria was heavily dependent on imported medicines saying there was a need to encourage more Nigerians to venture into traditional medicines In addition the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Mr Adulaziz Mashi Abdulahi praised the efforts of the author of the books Abdulahi said TCAM practices are in fact increasingly popular around the world as they provide complementary care for modern medicines Many other scientific organizations are studying traditional medicines and their effectiveness he said In his remarks Sharif refuted claims that traditional herbal medicines were less likely to cause side effects than orthodox medicines She said This is a wrong notion because traditional herbal medicines also have side effects They can be toxic and that s why we need to do a lot of research on this she said According to her Nigeria is blessed with a vast biodiversity of flora which makes traditional medicine readily available and accessible Sharif lamented that despite the abundance of raw materials and the inherent advantages of traditional herbal medicine the development of the practice of traditional herbal medicine still poses a great challenge for the country NAN reports that the event was an avenue for discussing issues regarding the development of native herbal plants among decision makers NAN
    Aisha Buhari promotes usage of traditional medicine
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    Aisha Buhari promotes usage of traditional medicine

    By Abujah Racheal

    President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday advocated the use of traditional medicine as an integral part of health services.

    Therefore, she urged Nigerians to embrace traditional medicine for the treatment it offers through the use of natural plants and herbs.

    Buhari, represented by Hajiya Hajo Sani, made the call in Abuja, during the presentation of three books by Zainab Sharif, Pharmacist and Director / Head of Department, Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (TCAM), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the books are “Medicinal First Aid Kit (Kitchen Spice Rack), Common Medicinal Plants of Nigeria, and Herbal Healing and Therapy Recipe for Common Ailments.

    They provide information on the various herbal plants available in Nigeria.

    Buhari, who noted that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine were also important parts of treatment options, praised the author for documenting his experience.

    “So I want to congratulate the author on this great achievement and call on Nigerians to buy copies and use them at home, to ensure healthy and sustainable lives.

    “I also call on other practitioners of traditional complementary and alternative medicine to conduct their research with approved institutions to find cures for diseases that have plagued Nigerians,” she said.

    The president's wife said the books would be of great benefit to Nigerians and medical professionals.

    The Ooni of Ife, His Majesty Adeyeye Enitan, who attended the occasion as the then royal father, said the country should focus on improving and developing its traditional herbal medicine.

    According to him, it can also be a source of income for the country.

    He said that traditional medicine explores the use of various medicinal and natural plants and herbs.

    “We won't believe our common onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, lower triglycerides and lower cholesterol, all of which can lower the risk of heart disease.

    “Their potent anti-inflammatory properties can also help lower high blood pressure and protect against blood clots,” he explained.

    He said traditional medicine "is an important part of our repositioning of social health in Africa and serves as a major source of health services".

    In addition, the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the ministry has made giant strides towards promoting, developing and institutionalizing traditional, complementary and alternative medicine practices in the country. .

    “This includes the existence of the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (TCAM).

    “Review of the National Pharmacopoeia of Medicinal Plants, 2008, to include more medicinal plants.

    "Also, the collaboration with the University of Benin for the creation of the TCAM Institute and the inauguration of the committee for the establishment of the Institute and the Review of the Policy of Traditional Medicine 2007."

    According to him, other steps are the collaboration with the Council of Research and Development of Raw Materials for the cultivation and processing of Artemisia annua as well as training, contract packaging and internally generated income (IGR) .

    “The establishment of a database of traditional medicine practitioners in the 36 states and FCT and their capacity building.

    “The establishment of an herbal tea store for the distribution of medicinal herbal teas to ensure a healthy workforce is part of the efforts to promote TCAM in the country,” said Mamora.

    The minister said the government is proud of the progress made so far, especially under the current administration.

    He urged all Nigerians to take advantage and equip themselves with the knowledge about indigenous medicinal plants from the books.

    Federation Head of Service (HoSF) Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan said Nigeria was heavily dependent on imported medicines, saying there was a need to encourage more Nigerians to venture into traditional medicines.

    In addition, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Adulaziz Mashi Abdulahi, praised the efforts of the author of the books.

    Abdulahi said TCAM practices are in fact increasingly popular around the world as they provide complementary care for modern medicines.

    “Many other scientific organizations are studying traditional medicines and their effectiveness,” he said.

    In his remarks, Sharif refuted claims that traditional herbal medicines were less likely to cause side effects than orthodox medicines.

    She said: “This is a wrong notion because traditional herbal medicines also have side effects.

    “They can be toxic and that's why we need to do a lot of research on this,” she said.

    According to her, Nigeria is blessed with a vast biodiversity of flora, which makes traditional medicine readily available and accessible.

    Sharif lamented that despite the abundance of raw materials and the inherent advantages of traditional herbal medicine, the development of the practice of traditional herbal medicine still poses a great challenge for the country.

    NAN reports that the event was an avenue for discussing issues regarding the development of native herbal plants among decision makers.

    (NAN)

  •  Director Lagos April 15 2019 Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins has approved the appointment of Rev Fr Anthony Godonu as the acting Director of Social Communications for the Catholic Archdiocese The statement quoted the archbishop as saying that Fr Godonu had replaced Very Rev Msgr Gabriel Osu with effect from April 1 The archbishop commended Msgr Osu for serving the Archdiocese meritoriously as its Director of Social Communications for no less than two decades Archbishop Adewale Martins said this in a press statement released from the archbishop s chancery on Monday and made available to newsmen The statement also said that Godonu was in Rome Italy between June 2011 and August 2012 as a post graduate student where he bagged his Masters degree in Social Communications He returned to the country in August 2012 it said It added that Fr Godonu was born on March 23 1976 to the family of late Mr and Mrs Roger and Celestina Godonu of Porto Novo from the Republic of Benin It said that the acting director grew up in Badagry had his primary school education at Our Lady of Apostles O L A Primary School from 1984 to 1990 It added that he also attended Badagry Grammar School B G S from 1990 to 1996 The statement said that he gained admission into St John of the Cross Seminary Ekpoma in Edo for his one year spiritual experience a kind of preparatory year for the priestly training proper in January 1998 He was also admitted into the Major Seminary of All Saints Uhiele Ekpoma Edo in October 1998 for his philosophical and theological studies He also bagged his Bachelor of Art degree B A Hons in Philosophy from the University of Benin in 2002 In 2006 he bagged another Bachelor s degree in Sacred Theology B Th from the Pontifical Urban University Rome Italy it said The statement said On Dec 1 2005 he was raised to the Diaconate alongside some of his classmates by his Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie at the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele Ekpoma Edo On Dec 9 2006 he and five other deacons were ordained priests of the Catholic Church by Anthony Cardinal Okogie the then Archbishop of Lagos at St Mary s Catholic Church Ajegunle Lagos The statement said that since his ordination Fr Godonu had performed his pastoral duties at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Ogba Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Ibonwon Epe St Paul s Catholic Church Ebute Meta Other parishes where he had served also include St Mary s Catholic Church Ajegunle St Margaret s Catholic Church Olodi Apapa and St Gerald s Catholic Church Soluyi Gbagada Fr Godonu is currently the Priest in Charge of the Catholic Church of the Presentation Festac Town Lagos he said
    Fr. Godonu replaces Msgr Osu as Lagos Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications
     Director Lagos April 15 2019 Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins has approved the appointment of Rev Fr Anthony Godonu as the acting Director of Social Communications for the Catholic Archdiocese The statement quoted the archbishop as saying that Fr Godonu had replaced Very Rev Msgr Gabriel Osu with effect from April 1 The archbishop commended Msgr Osu for serving the Archdiocese meritoriously as its Director of Social Communications for no less than two decades Archbishop Adewale Martins said this in a press statement released from the archbishop s chancery on Monday and made available to newsmen The statement also said that Godonu was in Rome Italy between June 2011 and August 2012 as a post graduate student where he bagged his Masters degree in Social Communications He returned to the country in August 2012 it said It added that Fr Godonu was born on March 23 1976 to the family of late Mr and Mrs Roger and Celestina Godonu of Porto Novo from the Republic of Benin It said that the acting director grew up in Badagry had his primary school education at Our Lady of Apostles O L A Primary School from 1984 to 1990 It added that he also attended Badagry Grammar School B G S from 1990 to 1996 The statement said that he gained admission into St John of the Cross Seminary Ekpoma in Edo for his one year spiritual experience a kind of preparatory year for the priestly training proper in January 1998 He was also admitted into the Major Seminary of All Saints Uhiele Ekpoma Edo in October 1998 for his philosophical and theological studies He also bagged his Bachelor of Art degree B A Hons in Philosophy from the University of Benin in 2002 In 2006 he bagged another Bachelor s degree in Sacred Theology B Th from the Pontifical Urban University Rome Italy it said The statement said On Dec 1 2005 he was raised to the Diaconate alongside some of his classmates by his Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie at the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele Ekpoma Edo On Dec 9 2006 he and five other deacons were ordained priests of the Catholic Church by Anthony Cardinal Okogie the then Archbishop of Lagos at St Mary s Catholic Church Ajegunle Lagos The statement said that since his ordination Fr Godonu had performed his pastoral duties at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Ogba Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Ibonwon Epe St Paul s Catholic Church Ebute Meta Other parishes where he had served also include St Mary s Catholic Church Ajegunle St Margaret s Catholic Church Olodi Apapa and St Gerald s Catholic Church Soluyi Gbagada Fr Godonu is currently the Priest in Charge of the Catholic Church of the Presentation Festac Town Lagos he said
    Fr. Godonu replaces Msgr Osu as Lagos Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications
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    Fr. Godonu replaces Msgr Osu as Lagos Archdiocesan Director of Social Communications

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    Lagos, April 15, 2019 Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins has approved the appointment of  Rev. Fr. Anthony  Godonu as the acting Director of Social Communications for  the Catholic Archdiocese.

     

    The statement quoted the archbishop as saying that  Fr. Godonu had replaced Very Rev. Msgr Gabriel Osu  with effect from April 1.

     

    The archbishop commended Msgr Osu for serving  the Archdiocese meritoriously as its Director of Social Communications for no less than two decades.

     

    Archbishop Adewale Martins said this in a press statement released from the archbishop’s chancery on Monday and made available to newsmen.

     

    The statement also said that Godonu was in Rome, Italy between June 2011 and August 2012 as a post graduate student where he bagged his Masters degree in Social Communications.

     

    He returned to the country in August 2012, it said.

     

    It added that Fr Godonu was born on March 23, 1976 to the family of late Mr and Mrs Roger and Celestina Godonu of Porto-Novo, from the Republic of Benin.

     

    It said that the acting director grew up in Badagry,  had his primary school education at Our Lady of Apostles’ (O.L.A.) Primary School from 1984 to 1990.

     

    It added that he also attended  Badagry Grammar School (B.G.S) from 1990 to 1996.

     

    The statement said that he gained admission into St. John of the Cross Seminary, Ekpoma in Edo, for his one-year spiritual experience (a kind of preparatory year for the priestly training proper) in January 1998.

     

    He was also admitted into the Major Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele-Ekpoma, Edo, in October 1998 for his philosophical and theological studies.

     

    He also bagged his Bachelor of Art degree (B.A. Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Benin in 2002.

     

    In 2006, he bagged another Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology (B.Th.) from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy, it said.

     

    The statement said, ”On Dec. 1, 2005, he was raised to the Diaconate alongside some of his classmates by his Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie at the Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele, Ekpoma, Edo.

     

    ”On Dec. 9, 2006, he and five other deacons were ordained  priests of the Catholic Church  by Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the then Archbishop of Lagos at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ajegunle, Lagos.’’

     

    The statement said that since his ordination, Fr. Godonu had performed  his pastoral duties at: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ogba, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ibonwon, Epe, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ebute-Meta.

     

    Other parishes where he had served also include: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ajegunle, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Olodi, Apapa, and  St. Gerald’s Catholic Church, Soluyi, Gbagada.

     

    Fr. Godonu is currently the Priest-in-Charge of the Catholic Church of the Presentation, Festac Town, Lagos,” he said.

     

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