Peaceful protests also marred by looting and agitated law enforcement have taken place throughout the country, further deteriorating the state of affairs. In various countries around the world, we see massive protests in support of George Floyd and countless African-Americans who have been killed by excessive force in the United States. Floyd is a reflection of a global problem that needs swift balance. Generally, people understand police officers put their lives on the line to protect citizens and communities. Yetunde A. Odugbesan-Omede is a professor of global affairs and politics, policy adviser and writer on global issues, law and politics.
Agriculturists and financial managers have reiterated that farmers have to be empowered with critical farm inputs such as seeds, fertiliser, insecticides and tools to rev food production. This is just as over 75,000 farmers are to benefit from a post-COVID-19 mitigation strategy aimed at boosting income of smallholder and medium-scaled farmers in Nigeria to avert hunger. A seed breeding scientists at the Institute of Agricultural research and training, Ibadan, Prof. Samuel Olakojo, reiterated that the first step to ensure food security is empowering farmers with quality inputs. Quality seeds, fertiliser, insecticides and mechanization services are what he enumerated as essential to food productivity and profitability of farmers. The Director-General of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr Philips Ojo, also enjoined farmers, at various fora, to use quality inputs to maximise productivity per hectare.
To ensure sustainability in its waste management and disposal efforts, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) had begun rehabilitation of its five legal dumpsites. The exercise, which involves building 21 platforms on the sites will ensure the seeing off of wastes within 20 minutes, thereby increasing the PSP operators’ daily trips from 500 to 850. According to him, the authority is poised to return to its core activity of waste management and engagement with relevant stakeholders to know the challenges and address their concerns. He also indicated plans to reposition the blue box programme launched last year by the governor to ensure in-depth spread. On medical waste, he said the authority is reviewing its operations to ensure that medical wastes are well segregated from others and well treated to avoid compliance that can result in health challenges.
Professor Samuel Ajala, a maize specialist at IITA, disclosed that Nigeria produces about 12 million tonnes of maize while it consumes about 16 million tonnes for food, animal feeds and other products. To close the deficient gap, he said, an additional 4 million tonnes would have to be produced yearly and to become maize-secure, another 4 million tonnes would be required to clock 20 million metric tonnes yearly. Professor Samuel Olakojo, another grain breeding specialist at IAR&T, affirmed that though accurate data on production in Nigeria is practically unavailable, maize production is around 12 million tonnes. Maximising yield per hectare is the key to profitability in maize or any other grain farming, so said Professor Olakojo. In the savanna ecology of northern zones, farmers should plant maize in late May to June.
During the distribution, representatives of the families pick a live chicken and 2.5kg rice each. Founder of the FMF, Qasim Badrudeen, said the distribution was done in a bid to assist the beneficiaries during this trying period. He explained that the coronavirus lockdown made things difficult for many families, including feeding. This year, we were able to reach about 50 families and we hope to reach more families in subsequent editions. We appeal for support and hope to also put smiles on the faces of people during the festival,” he added.
The cankerworm of multiple taxes by local, state and federal governments and their agencies is threatening the survival of the telecom sector. Another major problem is the thorny issue of Nigeria’s public power supply, which seems to have defiled all known solution. A situation where telecom operators spend an incredible N45.9 billion (approximately $2.9 Billion) annual bill on diesel in running power supply to their infrastructure is unacceptable. Power supply is like the nerve, in fact, the engine of production. The near absence of public power supply has a devastating effect on businesses and has forced many companies to close shop because they could no longer remain competitive.
Are you saying that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, is not scared of direct primary? In the camp of Governor Akeredolu, our case is different. It is agreed that Governor Akeredolu has performed; so what else is required. Governor Akeredolu is alleged to be behind the crisis in the Unity Group, especially over the choice of consensus candidate for the group? Ahead the next governorship election, don’t you think governor Akeredolu should be bothered with number of his kinsmen from seeking to unseat him?
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He described the refund as a sincere and patriotic display, evidencing the commitment of Buhari and the APC towards the development of states’ economies. The APC chieftain also tasked the governor to create job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state. According to him, the refund has shown that Amaechi did not embezzle Rivers funds as alleged by Wike when he assumed office. “He should use part of the fund to pay pensioners and civil servants in the state,” he suggested. Some of the projects that attracted the refund include the Obiri-Ikwerre flyover along the East-West road, the 41.26km dualisation of the Airport/Isiokpo/Elele/Omerelu road and Eleme junction flyover.
We know birth as we know death. Unlike birth, whose source, whose only source we know, death is an experience or state of many routes and sources. Many events, many sources, many routes can lead to our leaving this earth plane. Once the public birthday personages are out of their public posts for good the ‘loyal’ rememberers and followers of the illustrious birthday personages deplete themselves deplorably. I have not read of any birthday message from the central government to any public birthday personage that is devoid of any political or nepotistic colouring.
The project, according to him, is a Nigeria-Brazil bilateral agriculture development programme, conceptualised on June 6, 2016 by virtue of the country’s enrolment in Brazil’s Government-to-Government More Food International Programme (MFIP). Several high-level ministerial, technical visits and exchanges between both nations led to the eventual signing of a Bilateral Protocol of Intention with the Brazilian government in March 2017. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo launched the programme on January 17,2019 at an event graced by representatives of the South American nation, Deutsche Bank in addition to the private sector players from the two countries. Mohammed hinted that the project would be implemented from five to 10 years with funding from the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES) and Deutsche Bank, while insurance is to be provided by the Brazilian Guarantees and Fund Managements Agency (ABGF) and the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Export Credit (ICIEC) of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and coordinated by Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Another expected benefit is the establishment of 142 agro-processing centres for value addition.
But the COVID-19 pandemic with its tragic revelations is threatening to paint the sublime philanthropy exemplified by this great secular humanist couple as not as altruistic and humanitarian as it had previously pretended to be. The truth is the world needs people like Bill and Melinda Gates who are devoting whatever profit they make in the business world to saving lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven not to be an exception. The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic appeared to have put their business of faking healings and swindling unsuspecting poor people in temporary disarray. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The Senate leadership has commenced serious ‘stock-taking’ and assessment of its performance and failures in the last year. According to one of the presiding officers, it was obvious that the assignments of the 9th Senate predated its inauguration. Many still describe the Senate leadership as a body desperate to make peace with the executive arm of government. He said: “During my campaign, I was called a potential rubber-stamp Senate President to the executive, maybe because I am close to the president, or because I believe in his cause. The Bill amended seven existing tax and fiscal policy laws (Companies Income Tax Act, 2004; Value Added Tax Act, 2007; Customs and Excise Tariff (Consolidation) Act, 2004; Personal Income Tax Act, 2007; Capital Gains Tax Act, 2007; Stamp Duties Act, 2007; and Petroleum Profit Tax Act, 2004).
Barring a special intervention from the Federal Government to key agencies, aviation workers are scheduled to begin industrial action in protest against salary shortfalls on June 15. The threat comes ahead of the planned resumption of domestic flights in five airports across geopolitical zones on June 21. A threat letter signed by the coalition of aviation workers’ unions, made available to The Guardian`, yesterday, appealed to the Federal Government to rescue the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), in meeting their salary obligations, without which the workforce would down tools.
– Starting industrial starch/adhesive manufacturing plantBusiness OverviewStarch, in recent times, has found numerous applications in various industries like Textile, Paper and Printing, Plywood, Battery, Laundry, Paint, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Food. These include high Fructose syrup, D-Glucose, Sorbitol, Dextrin, Alcohol, Acetone, Modified Aldehyde, Maltose, Alkyd resins, Starch esters, Starch ethers, Phelnoic resins, Emulsion stabilisers, and a host of others. Raw materialsStarch raw materials are locally sourced and they include Cassava, Ammonium Salt, Alkali Chemical Glue Adjuvant and Water. Production processThe production process begins with processing and grating of the raw materials, which is mainly cassava (other raw materials like maize, sorghum, potato are also available but more costly). Distribution/marketingThe envisaged plant can set up its own sales/marketing team to engage in a sustained one-on-one sales drive.
Despite the recent lockdown which affected most businesses, auto dealers were still updating their customers with up-to-date information of vehicular needs through their respective electronic channels. Hence, the firms are improving on their online platform to continue to provide services to car enthusiasts online despite the challenging business atmosphere created by COVID-19. Also, the Porsche Cayenne models, Boxster models, Carrera models, Macan models, Panamera models and the Taycan models. This according to him will comfort customers and reassure them of the company’s commitment to always cater to their vehicular needs. Others, such as Coscharis Motors, Massila Motors have also joined the fray.
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