Friday, 9 September 2022

Nestle Takes Action To Promote Safe Food And Empowers Food Vendors

By Umeha Ucheoma

Photo: Funmi Osineye, Manager, Nestlé Professional Nigeria, educating the participants on the use of MAGGI seasoning.

The quality and cost of these items for consumers are two factors that experts advise food businesses to always take into consideration. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a balanced diet is important for both excellent nutrition and health, and it may also lengthen life. 

A variety of chronic non-communicable diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, can be prevented by eating a balanced diet, which also strengthens muscles, improves immunity, strengthens bones, and keeps skin, teeth, and eyes healthy.

Sadly, in a low-income nation like Nigeria, the caterers, food sellers, canteens, and "bukkas" that cater to this market sector do not always receive the support they require to offer wholesome, affordable meals that may guarantee that their clients receive the nutrients needed for optimum health. 

However, Nestlé Nigeria's Out of Home business unit, Nestlé Professional Business, and the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors in Ibadan, Oyo State organized a food education workshop for over 200 canteen and food vendors with the theme, "The Business of Food," to educate the participants and give them advice on how to grow their food businesses .

The workshop which was also designed on how to cook tasty meals was also graced by outstanding cooks who were celebrated and rewarded with relevant tools and Maggi products to cook Nigeria’s favorite dishes.

Addressing the participants, Manager, Nestlé Professional Nigeria, Mrs. Funmi Osineye, explained that the collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors provided an opportunity for Nestlé to share her expertise in Nutrition, Health and Wellness developed over 150 years with members of the association.

Photo: Funmi Osineye, Manager, Nestlé Professional Nigeria left, with winners of the cooking competitions displaying their gifts.

The conference, according to Osineye, also provided the organization with the chance to promote the new, inexpensive, and budget-friendly Maggi 100g powder in Chicken and Star Seasoning versions to small-scale food entrepreneurs. 

Nestlé Professional would continue to develop partnerships with caterers and food suppliers to provide the industry with better services, she vowed. 

A Cooking Masterclass marked the beginning of the Business of Food event, during which professionals discussed strategies for handling the complexity of food systems. 

The cooking demo that followed the masterclass saw celebrity chef Shine preparing a vegetable soup mixture using the Maggi Chicken and Star Seasoning powders.

Chef Shine also educated caterers on meal tasting and gave a step-by-step guide on how to cook affordable nutritious meals with a consistent taste for their customers.

Nestlé Professional’s food and product education workshop was packaged to equip food vendors and caterers with the knowledge needed to optimise their food business while using Maggi powders effectively. The event combined knowledge sharing with a lot of fun and engaging activities to make it memorable for the participants.


Photo: Participants with gift items given by Nestlé Professional.


Thursday, 8 September 2022

SDGs: FG Approves Nigeria's Alliance For Youth

By Ucheoma Umeha 

L to R: Akinlonu Foluso, Director Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development; Sunday Dare, Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development: Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, at the launch of Alliance for Youth Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has signed on to the initiative as a development partner to the alliance, recently.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over Nigeria's rapidly growing population, claiming that the country is one of the few whose fertility is still increasing despite being the largest in Africa and ranking seventh globally. According to the United Nations 2022 World Population Day estimate, Nigeria's population will reach 216 million in 2022 at a pace of 3.2 percent annual growth. 

According to Buhari, fertility depends on a young population, with over 72 percent of the population being under 30 years old and half of the female residents being between 15 and 49 years old.

Despite being the admiration of many other nations and being the most populated nation in Africa, Nigeria's enormous economic power and human capital, which should be a blessing, are not producing any demographic benefits. The promotion of sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030 is the eighth of the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals. 

Given the notion of the demographic dividend, Nigeria's rapid population growth poses the threat of a demographic disaster. It seems to reason that Nigeria's population will be its biggest challenge if nothing is done.

Furthermore, because of the vast human capital, there may be more demand for limited resources, hunger, poor access to health care and education, and a high level of unemployment. These are the results of an increase in the number of school-age children who are not enrolled in classes. 

To effectively utilize this demographic dividend, certain organizations, notably Nestle, have started the Alliance for Youth Nigeria program. Within three years, it is intended to provide 250,000 young Nigerians the skills they require to excel in the job or start their own business. 

As of right now, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on board as a development partner.

At the launch of the Alliance recently,   Mr. Shakiru Lawal, Country Human Resources Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, had explained that the huge objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills within three years was to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country.

Speaking during the signing ceremony to mark the formal endorsement of the ministry and its membership in the Alliance, Lawal said Nestle will continue to expand partnerships and collaborations.

“We are assured that we are on the right track to the actualisation of our objectives.”

Lawal who spoke on behalf of the Alliance said: “We are delighted to have the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on board as a Partner of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria.

Contributing, Mr. Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said, “The onboarding of the Ministry as a Partner of the Alliance is significant and timely as Government alone cannot address the huge challenge of youth unemployment. I commend the Alliance for choosing a different and unique path, making investments in the young Nigerians and giving them opportunities to create wealth.

“It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip themselves with the necessary skills to give them an added advantage and enable them to become better positioned for decent work.”

Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, The Big Bottling Company Limited, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, UConnect HR Limited and Sterling One Foundation. Partners include the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development who just signed on recently, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International.

The member and partner organisations of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria, invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians readiness-for-work training, entrepreneurship training, meaningful work experience, internships, and mentoring opportunities.

Consequently,  the group contributes  to  the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

L to R: Gabriel Jacob, Business Development Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Sunday Dare, Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria Plc and Love Idoko, Executive Director, Activate Success International, at the launch of Alliance for Youth Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has signed on to the initiative as a development partner to the alliance, recently.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

NGO Partners NBC To Train Women On Skills

By Ngozi Okpalakunne

Over 125 women in Lagos have been trained in different skills by Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation in partnership with Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC).

The women who were trained in skills such as baking, make-ups, tie and die, cleaning detergents, bead making among others were drawn from  Alausa and  Agidingbi  area of Lagos state. They were also  given a start- up kits by the NBC.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the training which came under the theme, “empower her’’,  wife of the Lagos state governor, Ibijoke  Sanwo–Olu described women empowerment as one of the potent weapons to fight poverty and build a successful  society.

According to Ibijoke who was represented by,  Abimbola , when women are empowered  and supported to thrive in their  businesses and careers, they  stand a better chance to build their homes properly  which in turn  would have  a positive multiplier effect on society  at large.

In her words: ‘’The result of what happened in a given society is a reflection of what obtains in the homes.

‘’The  home is the microcosm of society and therefore, there is need for constant efforts  aimed at ensuring  that our homes  are in proper shape, and the role of women as home managers cannot be trivialised.

However she commended NBC and the NGO for the initiative to empower the women to be financially independent thereby drastically poverty  and rejuvenating  self- awareness.

The first lady of Lagos stressed  the need for more efforts to be made so  as to reach out for more women especially  in the underserved areas and peri-urban communities  in order to drastically  reduce the poverty index in the state and country.

Speaking also, director, corporate affairs  and sustainability  of NBC, Nigeria West Africa , Ekuma Eze  described the training as one of the ways his organisation is giving back  people as well as  part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary  of the company in Nigeria.

Eze therefore called on the beneficiaries to ensure they put in proper use all that they were taught during the training.

On her part, founder Karis  and Eleos  Hand of Hope Foundation , Bukola Bamiduro said the project which kicked some months ago  hoped to benefit eight states  across the country.

While lauding NBC for supporting her organisation, she said such partnership would go a long way in eradicating poverty among the participants.

Besides, training the women on skills, she said her organisation also trained them on mental health adding that most women fail in their businesses because they do not have settled homes.

 On the other hand, she urged the beneficiaries to be committed with their businesses as such would enable them record huge success.

Lagos state commissioner of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, (WAPA) Cecilia  Dada who was represented by  Funmilayo Raji of the office of the NGO (WAPA) commended the organisers for positively impacting the lives of the women.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke at the event lauded the organisers for impacting them with knowledge and skills that will in turn transform their lives.









Sunday, 21 August 2022

Boxing Night 26: Abuchi, Ogunbunmi 0n GOtv Win N1.5m For Being Best Boxer

Bartholomew Abuchi and Yusuf Ogunbunmi, both light-welterweight fighters, received N1.5 million on Saturday for winning the best boxer and runner-up awards at GOtv Boxing Night 26. At the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos' Molade Okoya Indoor Sports Hall, an eight-bout boxing event was held.

 As the night's top fighter, Abuchi—who won his fight against Samuel "African Mayweather" Adebayo by unanimous decision—was awarded the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and the N1 million cash reward that goes along with it.

The second-place finisher, Ogunbunmi, was rated the second-best performer of the evening for his work in the hotly contested match against Kabiru "KB Sniper" Salawu, which he won by a split decision.

He was the inaugural recipient of the N500,000 second-place award, which was presented at this year's GOtv Boxing Night.

GOtv Boxing Night 26 hosted eight bouts instead of the traditional seven. In the International featherweight challenge, Taiwo “Esepor” Agbaje was in a killer mood, as he saw off his Ghanaian opponent Emmanuel “Agogo” Mensah in a dismissive fashion, knocking him out in the seventh round.

 Afonja "Afonja Warrior" Rasheed failed to make a dream return to the show, as he was knocked out by Sulaiman “Armour Tank” Jafaru in their super welterweight clash.

 Winner of the Mojisola Ogunsola Trophy at GOtv Boxing Night 25, Stephen “Freeman” Kadima, was unable to repeat his heroics this time around as he was held to a draw by Muritador Monyashau in the national cruiserweight duel, the same outcome was recorded in the lightweight clash between Ayobami "Latest" Azeez and Sodiq "Golden Boy" Oyakojo.

In another lightweight bout, Prince “Lion” Nwoye defeated Funsho Moshood by split decision. In the 

super Bantamweight division, Tosin “Soja Boy” Osagbovo knocked out Tajudeen Amusa.

Meanwhile, ten fans at the boxing event won GOtv decoders which came with a one-month subscription via lucky dips held between bouts.

The raffle draw was a gesture of appreciation by the sponsors for the support the fans have shown since the boxing event debuted in 2014.


Wednesday, 3 August 2022

If Best Practices Are Followed, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery Will Have No Side Effect - Dr. Akinbobola

Dr. Oluwaseun Akinbobola, CEO, Beaconhill Smile Group Ltd, receiving the Best Dental Service Provider in the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award  (NHEA) 2022 edition from Mr. Biodun Olofinkinle, Group Head, Human Resources, Beaconhill Smile Group Limited, recently.

In the 2022 edition of the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA), Akinbobola's group of dental clinics won Best Dental Service Provider. According to Akinbobola, "Oral and maxillofacial surgery is safe as long as it is performed within the required parameters." 

A surgical subspecialty of dentistry known as oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on facial cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery of the human face, mouth, and jaws. 

Examples include the treatment of oral, head, and neck cancer, the management and extraction of wisdom teeth (trans alveolar extractions), and facial injury and trauma surgery (Le Fort fractures, symphyseal or para symphyseal fractures).

Others include cleft lip and palate repair, corrective jaw surgery, TMJ pain management, jaw cyst enucleation, and frenectomy. 

While difficulties during oral and maxillofacial surgery are possible, according to Akinbobola, they normally heal quickly with no lasting repercussions. 

According to the specialist, complications could occur during surgery, but they are often handled quickly and without any morbidity or death. 

Trans alveolar extractions under general and local anesthesia, cyst enucleations, jaw fracture reductions, and TMJ dislocation reductions have all been successfully completed in our clinic.

“We have also carried out a number of dental implant treatments, advanced bone augmentations, tumor biopsies, and sinus lift surgeries. 

“A significant case of note is a woman who was injured in a car accident and lost all of her front teeth. We were able to repair and immobilize the fracture. Later, implants were used to replace the lost teeth”, he continued. 

Dr. Oluwaseun Akinbobola, CEO, Beaconhill Smile Group Ltd, with some of  dentists at one of the Exclusive Smile Branches recently.

He cited as an illustration the requirement for oral and maxillofacial surgery for anyone with wisdom teeth impaction, oral malignancy, facial or jaw fractures, severe malocclusions, jaw cysts, or severe TMJ problems. 

About three oral and maxillofacial consultants, including a Professor, are on staff at Beaconhill Smile Group to provide the speciality care.

He stated that Invisalign is an orthodontic procedure that straightens teeth without using metal wires. It is a system of individually created, transparent trays that cover your teeth and gradually realign your dentition. 

"Because they are transparent and less apparent than conventional metal braces, patients prefer them to regular braces. 

"A lot of individuals want to make their smiles better. But I believe the only choice is traditional metal braces. Your teeth can be attractive and comfortable with Invisalign while you're getting treatment, and it normally goes more quickly than with traditional braces. 

All branches of Exclusive and Beaconhill Smile provide Invisalign services, he continued. 




Monday, 25 July 2022

Adigwe Empowers NIPRD Ahead Of The Launch Of AFDB

Before the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation was officially launched by the AFDB, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) made an announcement stating that it had fully mobilized resources and stakeholders to enable it to play a significant role in the continental initiative. 

The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation's creation was recently approved by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AFDB), prompting the NIPRD to make its commitment. 

The Foundation's access to the technologies that support the production of pharmaceutical products including drugs, vaccines, and other healthcare items will be considerably improved in Africa.

In Abuja, Dr. Obi Adigwe, Director General of NIPRD, told journalists that his organization is fully prepared to help the newly established Foundation for the AFDB. 

According to Adigwe, the newly formed AFDB Foundation is perfectly in line with the NIPRD's goals of conceptualizing powerful pan-African projects, where it has made significant progress, especially with the emergence of COVID-19. 

You may remember that NIPRD emerged as a significant contributor to the national and international response during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The notable research from NIPRD served as the foundation for several African governments' categorical stance against the COVID-19 Organics preparation from Madagascar. 

As a result of this analysis's global success, other researchers and decision-makers have cited NIPRD's groundbreaking work on the subject. 

Through their efforts, many lives on the continent were saved, millions of dollars that would have been spent in Africa on an unproven product were saved, and resources for research and development were given priority for more useful solutions. 

In order to create the National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) on the verification of claims by Practitioners, NIPRD assembled an interdisciplinary team of more than 20 famous and learned Professors from various universities and geopolitical regions. 

Dr. Obi Adigwe, Director General of NIPRD, who called the NSAC, claimed that the momentous achievement not only ensures that coronavirus cure claims are tested to the highest standards of world research. 

Additionally, according to Dr. Obi, it makes sure that the highest industry standards for safety and effectiveness are upheld, protecting Nigerians' lives.

The Committee's report has now been widely disseminated throughout the world. The Institute also started work on repurposing Niprimune, its flagship immunomodulatory agent, for pertinent clinical research for COVID-19 based on its record as the first African Institute to develop a world-class phytomedicine from drug discovery up to phase two clinical trials.

Earlier in the pandemic, NIPRD was a pioneer and ardent supporter of hand sanitizers made locally from locally available raw materials. The Institute conceptualized and then created its own line of hand sanitizers, which have since gained recognition for their superior quality on a global scale. 

The Institute has also participated in a number of ongoing Randomized Control Trials as a sponsor and technical partner with the goal of scientifically demonstrating the efficacy of a number of conventional treatments that are now in the Clinical Trials phase. 

The NIPRD workforce has been converted under the current Director General into a world-class Agency, where every confirmed employee has been given laptops and tablets to maximize their individual responsibilities.

Similarly, there has been a tenfold increase in local and foreign trainings for researchers and non-technical staff, which has no doubt significantly impacted on the quality of the Institute’s work and consequently improved access to relevant health and socioeconomic variables.

Evidence for this came from the fact that NIPRD was the only organization in the region to maintain ISO 17025 certification via remote testing, despite the constraints posed by the epidemic.

The Institute had previously made headlines for being the first in the area to receive ISO 17025 and 9001 certifications, as well as for earning Centre of Excellence status in a number of thematic areas. 

However, recent changes at NIPRD go beyond capacity-building. According to reports, vital infrastructure has been updated and new ones have been put into service over the last three years. Additionally, cutting-edge equipment has been purchased, and creative research and development projects aimed at raising socioeconomic and health indicators have been started.. 

By increasing its statutory participation on high level committees called by relevant Global, Continental, and National organizations, these initiatives—along with several others—have once again solidified NIPRD's position as a global leader in pharmaceutical research and development. These organizations include the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, the World Health Organization (WHO), TETFUND, and the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

Along with introducing leading edge technologies to the continent, such as the use of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence in drug discovery, NIPRD has also become a leader on the continent in the conceptualization of powerful pan-African initiatives.

Dr. Adigwe was influential in shaping the notion of "Medicines' Security," which connects local manufacturing with healthcare access and socioeconomic development, particularly in terms of job creation, knowledge transfer, and revenue generation. 

The Institute last month published a landmark article in the esteemed PLOS Global Public Health Journal on the connection between intellectual property rights and access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

A top-notch webinar put on by the Institute created a contentious discussion that led to the publishing during the outbreak, when Africa, which lacked manufacturing capacity, was purposefully denied equitable access to vaccines. 

This peer-reviewed article is proof that the Institute and AFDB's strategic goals for health security independence are strongly aligned, but it also serves as a concrete example of the agency's distinctive "policy to practice" approach to all of its programs. 

According to a preliminary analysis of media reports, senior Institute officials have long emphasized the importance of policy prioritization of R&D along with a deeper level of engagement with foundations and development partners as the most efficient way to realize the health and socioeconomic potentials of the continent. A strategic partnership between NIPRD and the AFDB’s emergent Foundation is therefore a step in the right direction.

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Hospital Bill: CPAN Criticizes MDCAN, APCOM for Prioritizing Personal Interests Over Patients' Needs

By Ucheoma Umeha


The Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has criticized the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) and Association of Provosts of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria (APCOM) saying their support for amendment of the University Teaching Hospitals neglects patients needs.

Remember that MDCAN and APCOM, in their recent press statements on the Bill titled: ‘A Bill For an Act to Amend the University Teaching Hospitals ( Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004’ is seeking that medical practitioners only should be the CEOs of tertiary hospitals.

CPAN position spoke in a statement signed by Dr. Joseph Madu, CPAN’s National Chairman and Dr. Moteehat Bukkie Olu-Lawal, its national secretary, noting the proposed bill is tailored to meet personal interests than patients' needs adding, that  Nigerians deserve optimal healthcare that fits global best practices.

The statement partly reads, "The Clinical Pharmacists Association Of Nigeria (CPAN) hereby places on record her total condemnation of the position of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association Of Nigeria (MDCAN) , and the Association Of Provosts Of Colleges Of Medicine in Nigeria ( APCOM) over their recent Press statements on the Bill titled: "A bill for an Act to amend the University Teaching hospitals ( Reconstitution of Boards) Act, Cap U15 LFN 2004."

The Bill was sponsored by Hon.Bamidele Salam , representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency.

"CPAN is a registered corporate body of Clinical pharmacists in Nigeria (and in diaspora) with the fundamental aims and objectives to provide direct healthcare to individual patients and the general population through advanced Clinical Pharmacy services.  We believe that Nigerian people deserve and should get optimal healthcare that fits global best practices, and that achieving this goal should override any other chauvinistic professional interests and considerations."

The Bill was sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency is to amend the usurpation and disparity among health workers.

While urging MDCAN and APCOM to prioritize patients/community interests over personal gains, the chairman asserted that the statements credited to both MDCAN and APCOM in various News media recently about the health bill, claiming that Physician led hospitals are universally better managed than non physician led hospitals, is baseless and unfounded. “We hereby state that such claims lack verifiable evidence and are aimed at misinforming the general public and our lawmakers.”

He went further to explain that CPAN is not opposed to any particular healthcare professional group members being the heads of Nigeria's university teaching tertiary hospitals, but deeply concerned about the continued deleterious outcome of sacrificing competence and merit on the altar of ego of a certain group of Nigeria's health care Professionals.

While pointing the continued decadence and downward trend of the critical comparable health indicators in Nigeria for several decades now is the strongest evidence against status-quo; he challenged stakeholders: “Now is the time to change; we cannot continue to do the same things the same way and expect a different result. The Health Bill in reference should be appropriated and allowed to be passed after a constructive debate on the floor of the Nigeria National Assembly. Our national health indices represent a national embarrassment to us Nigerians in the committee of nations. The issue should also be about global best practices in the right sense of the clause as quoted by APCOM and MDCAN in several press releases.”

On who gets appointed for the headship of hospital, the national chairman asserted that what is proper is that physicians who get such apex appointments should be hired based on merit and competence, and not based on their first degree, as this is not the practice anywhere in the world. The criteria are qualifications and cognate experience.

“The position of the Chief Medical Director is indisputably a top management position, and not a direct patient care or clinical position. Generally, anyone vying for the position of headship of hospitals must have the relevant qualifications. It could be a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Masters in Health Management, Masters in Health Administration or Masters in Medical Management or other equivalent administrative postgraduate qualifications.” He added.

He commended the National Assemble for the good works they are doing on the bill, Dr Madu advocates that the National Assembly should as a matter of urgency and necessity as well as of obligation, amend and pass the bill as sponsored by Hon. Salam in the interest of Nigerians. 

According to him, this would usher in growth, competition, comparison, and leapfrogging of Nigeria's health index on the international space.

“No well exposed and informed, except a selfish person and an enemy of health seeking Nigerians, will oppose such a laudable proposed bill by our lawmakers,” the CPAN boss added.

Citing examples of hospital headship across the globe for a clue, he mentioned Karen Davis, a nurse who the CEO of St. Thomas Hospital, Ontario, Canada; Gladys Bogoshi, a Physiotherapist is the current CEO of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (Wits University), and many more.

He concluded by advising MDCAN and APCOM to concentrate their efforts on finding credible individuals to assist clean up the stench in the health sector rather than trying to undermine the health bill, which he claimed was intended to be beneficial for everyone.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

2023 Election: US Encourage Nigerians To Vote In Order For Their Voices To Be Heard

On Monday, the US encouraged Nigerians to register up to vote so they could participate in regional and presidential elections in 2023. 

Through its mission in Nigeria, the US praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security forces for their contributions to the success of the governorship election in Osun state on July 16. It also expressed its congratulations to the people of Osun on the peaceful conclusion of the election. 

The short statement begins, "The United States Mission to Nigeria congratulates the people of Osun State on the peaceful gubernatorial elections on July 16."

We applaud the concerted efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff and security forces who helped maintain a safe process that better reflected the will of the people. 

"To ensure that their opinion is heard in the 2023 federal and state elections, we urge every citizen of Nigeria to register to vote immediately."

Monday, 18 July 2022

Nigeria's Oil Production Falls By Roughly 14.94 million Barrels

Based on the most recent data from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' most recent Monthly Oil Market Report for June 2022, Nigeria's oil production fell by roughly 14.94 million barrels in the second quarter of this year. 

According to an analysis of OPEC data and the average price of crude in Q2 2022 drawn from reports on global oil prices, Nigeria's oil revenues fell by about N703.76 billion, or the value of the 14. 94 million barrels of crude that were lost during the review period. 

OPEC reported that Nigeria produced 1.299 million barrels of oil per day in the first quarter of this year based on direct communication from its 13 member countries.

But in the second quarter, this fell to 1.133 million barrels per day, representing a decline of 166,000 barrels per day. 

This suggests that the nation could not generate or lost roughly 14.94 million barrels of crude oil during the anticipated 90-day period in Q2 2022. 

The average price of crude in April, May, and June of this year was $104.58 per barrel, $113.34 per barrel, and $122.71 per barrel, according to data gathered from the international statistical firm - Statistica.

This suggests that the average price per barrel for the reviewed quarter was $113.54. As a result, Nigeria's oil revenues decreased by around $1.696 billion (N703,96 billion at the official exchange rate of N415/$) in Q2 2022 due to a loss of 14.94 million barrels.

The Federal Government has repeatedly lamented the decline in Nigeria's oil production, which they frequently attribute to an act of vandalism by oil thieves. 

Roger Brown, the managing director of Seplat Energy Plc, responded to the issue by stating that greater collaboration between the public and private sectors was necessary to address it.

Nigeria has a lot of crude oil and gas reserves, but Brown, who spoke at the recently completed 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas conference in Abuja, cautioned that this could only be useful if properly utilized. 

"It's obvious that the amounts of theft on the oil side are simply unsustainable. Because of it, our economy is suffering, and that problem needs to be resolved, according to Brown. 

He continued, "On the gas side, it's about mending the value chain across the nation from gas to electricity, from molecules to electrons.

Additionally during the recently finished conference, NNPC Group Managing Director Mele Kyari disclosed that all operators in the sector—aside from the state-run oil company—had virtually stopped drilling for crude oil due to the drop in funding for oil investments. 

Speaking about the difficulties facing the sector, the NNPC boss said that while there were other issues, the problem of inadequate funding has truly had a significant impact on the industry.

Nigeria has the most oil reserves in Africa, according to Kyari, who also said that "we should be the top producer of oil, but today we have our issues, as my colleagues (previous speakers) have pointed out.

"Yes, there are ongoing dialogues and we are receiving support from government security agencies, as well as the Minister of State is providing us with leadership to ensure we solve this security-related issue. 

“We do, however, have other issues. Our industry has experienced a true and obvious natural downturn in recent years. Except for NNPC and a few others, nobody is drilling now when such a decline occurs and you are unable to put money into it to make up for it

So, if you don't drill and downturn persists, you will not only witness the consequence of theft and other vandalism actions that we are experiencing today, but you will also see the collateral effect of lack of investments, he further said.

Sunday, 17 July 2022

INEC Announces PDP Candidate Adeleke As Winner Of The Osun Election

The PDP senator, Ademola Adeleke has been proclaimed the winner of the Osun governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission. 

In a hotly contested campaign, Adeleke defeated the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, with a total of 403,371 votes, according to Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the returning officer for the election and vice chancellor of the University of Lagos. 

Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, of the PDP, having complied with the law's requirements, is hereby pronounced the winner and he is re-elected, he announced on behalf of the INEC chairman.

PDP won 17 of the state's 30 local government areas, while APC took 13 of them, according to the total votes tallied by the electoral umpire. 

Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs were won by the PDP in addition to Ede North and Ede South. 

Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs were won by the APC, in contrast.

The award-winning Nigerian artist David Adeleke, also known as Davido, and his uncle Adeleke were shown in a video celebrating an early lead as the counting began. 

In the meantime, there was hysterical celebration in the PDP Situation Room as the PDP declared victory in the election even before the official results were made public.

Although many people believed that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Senator Adeleke were the only two candidates running for governor of Osun, no less than 15 political parties participated in the election. 

Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party, Lasun Yusuff of the Labour Party, Oyegoke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party, Segun Awojide of the African Action Congress, Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party, Awoyemi Lukuman of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adebayo Elisha of the All Peoples Party, and Adeleke Adedapo of the Boot Party were some of the additional candidates.

Additionally running in the election were Rasaq Saliu of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Abede Samuel of the National Rescue Movement, Ayowole Adedeji of the Peoples Redemption Party, Ademola Adeseye of the Young Peoples Party, and Adesuyi Olufemi of the Zenith Labour Party. 

There was a significant voter turnout and the election, which was held in 3,763 units across the state's 30 LGAs, was relatively calm. 

A total of 1,479,595 Permanent Voter Cards were gathered before to the election out of the 1,955,657 registered voters in the state.

In addition to the military and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, had sent roughly 21,000 police officers to maintain order in the state.

Lagos Shuts Down 19 Drug Stores For Inability To Adhere To Regulations

The Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Foods of the Lagos State Government closed 19 pharmacies at Igando-Ikotun in the Alimosho Local Government area of the State for failing to adhere to regulatory standards. 

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) displayed drugs for sale in unregistered and unlicensed shops; there were improper storage conditions for drugs; untrained individuals handled and dispensed drugs; and there were sales of drugs outside. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, revealed this today after reviewing the report of the recent enforcement exercise conducted by Taskforce.

He mentioned how the Taskforce's activities followed a campaign against illegal drug dealers and bogus substances. 

According to Abayomi, changes have been made to the Taskforce's monitoring and enforcement procedures to make sure that the law's requirements for the operation of pharmacies and specialty drug stores are properly followed in order to protect the public's health.

Pharmacist Oyebisi Omolambe, director of pharmaceutical services at the ministry of health, declared that the state government will not give up on efforts to restrict the operations of unlicensed pharmaceutical outlets and drug stores, despite their inherent risks. 

This closure, according to Omolambe, is a part of the government's ongoing efforts to clean up the drug distribution system and stop the spread of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the State.

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Pharmacists' Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Legal Unit of the Ministry of Health, and the Police Officers from Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) of Lagos Police Command collaborated on the enforcement and compliance raid by the State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs, and Unwholesome Processed Foods.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Hygiene: Radical Clean Solutions International Introduces RCS Hydroxyl Radical Generator Systems

According to a report, it is now possible to "cleanse" an indoor environment of all pathogens and odors, both from the air we breathe and from all surfaces we come into contact with up to an acknowledged and proven pathogen reduction of 99.9999 percent, using just one system, Radical Clean Solutions International's RCS system. 

According to a press release issued by RCS International and signed by Stuart Elson, Head of Global Development, and sent to the Daily Independent, RCS has duplicated this atmospheric occurrence so that the natural cleaning power of the hydroxyl radical outdoors may now be felt and used indoors.

The press statement states in part, "Today we face the threat, both to our health and the disruption of our life by Sars Cov-2 (Covid); Tomorrow there may possibly be a new virus that we know nothing about...and how have we gotten rid of these threats or prepared for ones to come...?" No, we have not been able to.

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is how much more conscious we are of our immediate surroundings and how important genuinely safe spaces are now. However, RCS's decision to deploy the Hydroxyl Radical Generator systems was not influenced by Covid or lockdowns; for that, we must go back in time, it was added. 

NASA first learned about the impact of atmospheric Hydroxyl Radicals in the 1960s, a study by Leeds University in the UK in the 1970s showed it was the Hydroxyl Radical—not ozone—that cleared our atmosphere of the danger from pathogens and toxic gases, and in 1995 The Intergovernmental Panel Conference on Climate Change made this fact publicly known for the first time.

Elson said that when UV light from the sun strikes water vapor in the atmosphere, a Hydroxyl Radical is generated. When these two elements come together, a reaction occurs that transforms water vapor (H2O) into OH or HO. This OH binds to microorganisms and destroys them, neutralizing any hazard in the environment and on any surface. The Head of Global Development continued, "RCS has duplicated this atmospheric phenomenon so that today, the natural cleansing force of the Hydroxyl Radical outdoors may be experienced and work indoors."

How does it work?

It works by imitating the production of hydroxyl radicals in nature. Each of our models draws air into the device, where it enters a reaction chamber containing a number of cutting-edge optics light sources. The moisture inside the chamber is converted to OH, and the resulting OH (the Hydroxyl Radical) is released outside the unit, creating a concentration of 2.6 billion Hydroxyl Radicals per cubic centimeter, the same as what is found naturally (cm3).

What makes this solution so effective?

In order to respond to that, let's take a look at some of the alternatives that have been in use for years despite the fact that we know they have little effect and only persist because there are no better options available. Einstein might have compared this strategy to "insanity" because it involves using the same methods over and over again while hoping for a different result. 

Hydrogen peroxide (Bleach) is hazardous to handle and expensive to keep properly; it needs to be diluted and administered by qualified professionals; when used in this way, it is far less effective. All of those chemicals eventually wash back into the soil or the ocean when they are washed away. To be used in industrial settings, a room must be empty.

Direct UV radiation - UV requires 14 seconds of continuous contact to reduce a pathogen by 90% (Log 1) and have any detectable effect, but this method is ineffective since air circulates. UV also functions in a "line of sight" manner; anything that blocks the light beam creates a shadow, which leaves anything outside of it unclean or unaffected. The further the target is from the original light source, the less effective the light is. cannot be utilized when guests are present. 

By definition, a "filter" works to prevent a substance from passing through rather than to completely remove it. Filters clog up very easily, thus decreasing their efficacy. The most sophisticated filters are HEPA filters, which are typically found in air conditioning systems outside of buildings. 

According to the statement, standard HEPA filters can only block particles that are 3 microns in size (3000 nanometers), while more advanced ones can block particles as small as 0.3 microns (300 nanometers). As a result, by definition, they cannot block elements like viruses or bacteria, nor can they stop the growth of mold or fungus inside buildings, or remove offensive odors. 

The RCS Hydroxyl Radical Generator line is completely safe for people, pets, and plants; you can carry on working nearby. As a result, continued use of the RCS Hydroxyl Radical Generator range increases an establishment's productivity.

Consider any indoor area that needs to be "cleaned" after regular use before it can be utilized again. It's vital to leave the space, clean it, wait, and then come back in. This idle time may last for several hours. One action might easily lead to the next if the RCS Hydroxyl Radical Generator were located there, allowing for more work to be completed in the same amount of time. Increased productivity, safer working conditions, better outcomes, and improved environmental conditions are among the advantages that address both commercial and health concerns, he stated in the news statement.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

COVID-19: 324% Increase In Cases In Just One Month

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in the nation within one month has sharply increased by 324%, according to analysis of data on COVID-19 cases acquired from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control. 

Between May 12 and June 12 of 2022, 568 cases were registered across the nation. 

However, no fewer than 2,407 cases were reported between June 13, 2022, and July 12, 2022, resulting in a significant increase of 323.76 percent in the number of positive cases.

The rise coincides with a possible fifth wave of the pandemic being warned about. 

Before the Salah break, the NCDC warned Nigerians in a public health advice that there could be a fifth wave of the virus. 

The NCDC had stated in its advice, "As we rejoice, we ask Nigerians to avert the beginning of a full-fledged fifth COVID-19 wave by being vigilant of the high risk of COVID-19 spread and acting in tandem by following to suggested public health safety measures.

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Nigeria has seen a total of 258,874 positive cases. 3,144 people have died while 250,456 have been discharged from hospital.

Some regions of the world are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. For instance, officials in the United Kingdom said COVID limits may be reinstated if an increase in cases has an impact on the National Health Scheme. 

2.7 million persons in private households are projected to have had COVID-19 over the preceding week, up 18% from 2.3 million the week prior, according to official UK data.

However, according to researchers, the country's upcoming election and rainy seasons may further encourage the coronavirus to flourish there. 

There is a presidential working group on COVID-19 control headed by the SGF Boss Mustapha, and everything must follow the rules. There is a quarantine law that gives a lot of power to the president. You can't blame the politicians because there is a law governingthis. 

The basic truth is that everyone is making every effort to defend oneself to the best of their ability given the constraints imposed by reality. The presidential steering committee should present this information to them so they may decide how to proceed and address the country; if a lockdown is necessary, it should be implemented right away, according to Dr. Uche Ojinmah, national president of the Nigerian Medical Association.

Funke Akindele As Jandor's Running Mate By The Lagos PDP

On Tuesday, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olajide Adediran, often known as Jandor, the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) candidate for governor in Lagos State, officially announced famous actress Funke Akindele as his running partner for the general election of 2019.

Speaking at the event, which was held at the Ikorodu home of the late Adenrele Ogunsanya, the founder of his group (Lagos4Lagos), and was attended by party leaders and a sizable crowd of party members, including Wahab Owokoniran, Chief Taiwo Kuye, a former member of the South-West Caretaker Committee, Chief (Mrs.) Aduke Maina, a member of the Board of Trustees 

He claimed that it resulted from a clear knowledge of the task at hand and the requirement to collaborate with another visionary who was passionate about emancipating the wonderful people of Lagos.

The PDP flag bearer praised Akindele as the embodiment of selfless service, a philanthropist, and an amazon who would steadfastly stand by him as they formed a line on the side of the people because, in his opinion, getting to the Governor's Lodge, Alausa, Ikeja, required concentration, resiliency, and tenacity. 

"My running mate is a person with a big heart and a long history of service and advocacy, a successful businesswoman who built her company from scratch to the success it is today, a member of the entertainment industry and an employer of labor, and an amazing talent whose creative works have won awards repeatedly. 

"A diva from Ikorodu who has championed the need to change our ghettos and the people who live there through several of her ventures.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Government Agents Should Stop Playing Politics With Everything -ASUU Replies Presidency

On Tuesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities responded to the president's remarks about the union's ongoing strike action, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. 

There are rumors that Buhari encouraged the professors on strike on Monday to think about the next generation and go back to work in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu. 

"We sincerely hope that ASUU will feel compassion for the workers on the indefinite strike. The days of keeping students at home are genuinely over. For goodness sake, don't harm the next generation, Buhari reportedly said.

However, the president was charged with engaging in psychological games by including the next generation in his address, according to the chairperson of ASUU at Federal University of Minna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin. 

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja, the ASUU chairperson claimed that the president, who had been outspoken about the union's issues before taking office, had failed to put his understanding of those concerns to good use. 

"A comment about the ASUU's struggle that was attributed to President Buhari flooded the media yesterday and continued until this morning.

Therefore, it is necessary to provide this simple response so that Nigerians can determine whether "Enough is indeed enough." 

"First of all, Mr. President was quite outspoken about the ASUU battle years ago, before he was elected president, and one would have expected him to be more knowledgeable about the struggle than certain individuals, but sadly, his remark yesterday revealed otherwise. 

I won't hold the president much accountable; all I can say is that his handlers are his opponents because if the president had had a thorough briefing on the subject, he wouldn't have said what he did.

"The president repeated his statement that enough is enough, but how much is really enough? Was he referring to the refusal of his appointees to carry out a command he issued on February 1, 2022, for more than two months? Was he tired of reading reports on tasks assigned to various agencies? These are more of his flaws than that of the Union.

"The president was attempting to play a psychological game by dragging students (the next generation) into the statement, oblivious to the fact that lecturers, like any other common Nigerian, have children and wards in public universities, but his children are/were/were never in public universities." 

"Unfortunately, the government is just realizing that they are parents when their own children do not even know what the gates of public schools in the country look like after six months of keeping the other students at home owing to its bad management of the strike"

We all know that the political class scarcely cares about the rest of us because they only think the students are useful for political thuggery, therefore there is no need to present the ASUU battle in such a dramatic light. 

"I was so pleased when the president said that we should lean toward technology, but we must ask ourselves once more if we have the resources to turn our colleges into centers of innovation. Is it not one of ASUU's requests that our universities modernize their facilities so that we can compete? Then, I think enough is enough of day dreaming.

The ASUU chairperson further warned the presidential spokesperson and other government representatives against politicizing ASUU-related matters in the statement. 

"Unfortunately, some president's aides believe that academic personnel can only think at their own level of reasoning to the fullest. Mr. Garba Shehu, the president's media adviser, stated yesterday on Channels TV: "Why is ASUU holding President Buhari to ransom?" This gives the conflict a personal feel. He ought to travel back in time and inform us whether President Buhari was in office in the 1990s, in 2009 (during the strike that resulted in the infamous deal), in 2013, during the six-month strike, etc.

"Government officials ought to quit politicizing things, especially when lives are at stake. What part of the demand has been resolved that can cause any right-thinking person to bend, as he also suggested ASUU should do?

When I heard, "They should go back to classes while we continue to negotiate with them," I was very disappointed. Do they think we are stupid or a bunch of dummies who can't think things through properly? You have been unable to fix even one of the concerns we have been protesting for over six months, and now you want us to return to school so that we can call another strike in the following three months. 

"Haba, Mr. President, enough of this talk; it is time for action that will rapidly result in a lasting resolution of the difficulties consistent with what you were stating prior to 2015 and history will be good to you as the president who brought enough to ASUU,"

2023 Election: Nigerians Must Choose Rightly- Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated on Monday that Nigerians cannot risk making bad choices in the 2023 general elections. 

Sanwo-Olu made this statement at the Lagos House, Ikeja at the First Family of Lagos State's 2022 Eid-ul-Adha celebration, which was sponsored by the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the deputy governor, spoke on his behalf when he urged Nigerians to make the best decision possible in 2023 because it will affect the destiny of their nation.

He stated that because the outcome of the general elections in 2023 will have a significant impact on Nigeria's fate, Nigerians could not afford to choose the wrong leaders in that year's elections. 

Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential nominee for the All Progressives Congress (APC), is the best candidate for 2023, he emphasized, because he has created links throughout Nigeria.

He said that Tinubu had worked with individuals from many racial and ethnic groupings in the nation, stressing that he sought for qualified individuals to collaborate with. 

Sanwo-Olu urged citizens to uphold their allegiance to the state and their country, saying that they owed the state a debt of patience, obedience, and loyalty.

He also said that parents should raise their children in a godly manner and teach them values such as patience, loyalty, and obedience. 

The governor's wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, stated in her speech that Eid-ul-Adha, the yearly spiritual celebration, was an example of the virtues of love, faith, and obedience.

She emphasized the value of peaceful coexistence, pointing out that Lagos State was expanding rapidly as a result of the peaceful cohabitation of many populations there. 

She urged people to keep up their prayers for national harmony, live in the fear of God, and show one another kindness. 

Sanwo-Olu concluded that love must be evident in interpersonal interactions and recommended parents to provide a good example for their children by living a positive lifestyle. 

ASUU Strike: It Is No Longer Acceptable to Keep Students At Home - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari criticized the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday for allegedly being adamant in ending the prolonged strike, declaring that enough is enough about keeping students at home. 

President Buhari urged the university lecturers not to harm the next generation for goodness sake and expressed his hope that ASUU would sympathize with the people affected by the long drawn strike.

The President called on ASUU to change its stance on the protracted strike while speaking to lawmakers, governors, and other political figures at his home in Daura, Katsina State. He expressed concern that the strike will have generational effects on families, the educational system, and the nation's future development.

The President claimed that the strike had already had an impact on the psychological well-being of parents, students, and other stakeholders, bringing to light numerous moral issues that urgently needed attention. 

He stated that the country's future depends on how well its educational systems and general education are run. He also assured the students in the lecture halls that the government is aware of their concerns and that further negotiations should be held.

According to a statement made by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, "We hope that ASUU will sympathize with the people on the prolonged strike. The days of keeping students at home are genuinely over. Please, do not harm the coming generation. 

The President urged all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those close to the association's leaders and members, to take action to convince the lecturers to change their minds about their stance and the potential consequences for the nation and an entire generation. 

He claimed that university students from Nigeria will have to compete with others in a highly connected and technologically advanced workplace, and that keeping them at home will only rob them of the time, opportunities, and skills necessary to be relevant on a global scale.

He asserts that "Colonial-style education was designed to produce workers for the government. These positions have been eliminated. Education should be provided to our youth to help prepare them for self-employment. Education is now pursued for its own sake. 

"Technology has greatly increased our efficiency. Our children should be encouraged to pursue education rather than just look for government jobs. 

Instead of growing the bureaucracy to create jobs, President Buhari said resources should be directed more toward developing the infrastructure and running the health and educational sectors.

The President stated, "By this time next year, I would have gotten the most out of the two terms, and I will do my best in the remaining months." 

He urged those in positions of power and privilege to exercise caution when assisting the numerous Nigerians who were looking for opportunities. 

If you're greedy, you won't look around to see what's going on with people who have less," he said. 

The President explained to the governors and political figures that the demands of office had prevented him from visiting his home in Daura for nearly a year.

"The Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk, made the observation that I left my base at the Eid prayer grounds. The last time I was in Daura was for Eid-el-Kabir in 2021, he said while holding the microphone, he continued. 

In contrast to Kaduna, where he had a better home, President Buhari stated that he would retire in Daura. 

"I'll be here in about ten to eleven months. Though it is closer to Abuja, I have a better house in Kaduna," he claimed.

The President cited the busy work schedule and expressed sympathy for Geoffrey Onyema, the minister of foreign affairs, who had to spend most of his time away from his family. 

Insisting that "We are a lucky people, and we need to reflect more on where we are coming from," he urged the APC's core members to continue working for the benefit of the populace and the nation.

According to the President, the government had accomplished a lot in many areas, particularly in infrastructure, given the resources at its disposal and in comparison to the previous administration. 

I wish the best for the person coming after me," he said. 

The North West, according to the President, had more security-related difficulties, while the North East and South South had seen some progress.

Some South South natives were advised by President Buhari to stop harming national assets because doing so also affects their livelihood. 

I can't wait to leave. I can attest that it hasn't been easy. The fact that people recognize the personal sacrifices we have been making, I thank God for, he continued. 

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the chairman of the Progressive Governors' Forum, thanked the president during his remarks at the meeting for his leadership in boosting the country's economy and for the numerous achievements of the APC, including the two conventions that produced the party's leadership and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

"We'll put in a lot of effort to make sure our party is a success. We should put in a lot of effort, he continued. 

The governor of Kebbi State, Bagudu, claimed that the state's rice pyramids showed clear evidence of the success of the vision to ensure food production and make agriculture a priority. 

"Our nation's food production is still self-sufficient despite the renegade attacks. Before you took office, there were no investments that we have seen now.

"Agriculture process zones are now present in at least 20 states. While maize pyramids were revived in the states of Katsina and Kano, we have rice pyramids in the states of Ekiti, Gombe, and Niger, he said. 

He claimed that 57 fertiliser plants had been renovated or rebuilt, and that more than 54 rice meals had been put into service in various states. 

The governor told the President, "All these were accomplished because of your commitment and patriotism."

In addition, Bagudu thanked the President for making it simple for governors and other political figures to communicate with him. He noted that the National Economic Council's opening for a more open exchange of ideas had a significant positive impact on the economy. 

At the lunch with the president were the governors of the following APC states: Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Dr. Fayemi

ASUU Strike: 'Why Hold Buhari By the Neck?' Garba Shehu Questions Academic Staff

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been questioned by the Presidency about the ongoing strike.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, questioned why ASUU was grabbing the President by the neck over a contract that his government had not signed. Shehu recalled that the disputed agreement was signed by the previous Federal Government in 2009. 

Shehu, who appeared on the Channels Television program Politics Today, asserted that the Buhari administration is unable to fully satiate their demands. He acknowledged that other areas of the nation's economy require the Federal Government's attention. 

Shehu contends that because the military needs weapons to combat terrorists, the government cannot focus solely on ASUU. According to him, the president of Nigeria has the right to make an appeal on behalf of Nigerians because the strike has been ongoing for at least six months.

Is it proper for someone to demand to be compensated in full for all of their complaints? Remember that the 2009 agreement with the then-government, which they are unable to fulfill and have transferred from one government to another, is what is to blame for this issue. 

Therefore, we might wonder: Why is Buhari being attacked? What occurred previously? Why did they not suffocate the previous administrations over these issues? Our main concern is that. 

"The Federal Government has presented a lot of information. I want to know if the Federal Government will comply with all ASUU demands.

Other areas of the economy are also crying out for attention. For example, the military needs weapons and firearms to combat terrorism. We must investigate other economic sectors.

"We are about to turn the corner and all these problems are about to be resolved," the minister of state for education assured. I hope it ends soon because we have previously reached this point. 

They should be convinced to resume their studies because they have family and community leaders on their side. Then, any outstanding issues can be discussed. 

This comes after Buhari urged the academic community to take students' futures into account and end the ongoing industrial action.

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