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Senate Advocates for Ban on Importation of Palm Oil Into Nigeria

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TRUER WORDS HAD NEVER BEEN SPOKEN!

This of course would not be the first time this type of discussion has been raised. It is quite imperative for us as Nigerians to understand the value of our home made goods and work on developing them rather than exporting them to another country for the refined version of that same product to be sold to us at a higher rate. With that being said, these were the points raised by Senator Francis Alimikhena(Edo Apc) at the recent senate meeting.

The Senate on Tuesday in Abuja urged the Federal Government to ban importation of palm oil into the country in order to protect local production as well as encourage farmers.
This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion entitled: “Urgent Need to Halt the Importation of Palm Oil and its Allied Products to Protect Palm Oil Industry in Nigeria.’’
In a lead debate, the sponsor of the motion, Sen. Francis Alimikhena (Edo-APC), decried importation of palm produce into the country.

Alimikhena expressed concern that importation of palm kernel and allied palm products are threats to Federal Government’s campaign on diversification of the economy through increased agricultural production and exports.
He said that Nigeria imported about 450, 000 tonnes of palm oil to the tune of N116.3 billion in 2017.

“Nigeria was the world leading producer of palm oil at independence, but unfortunately, Indonesia and Malaysia have overtaken us and we are now importing palm oil.
“Malaysia which is widely believed to have collected its first seedlings from Nigeria some decades ago, is now exporting palm oil products to us.
“The government must reverse this trend with copious investments in the local palm industry and the protection of local producers from unnecessary imports,’’ Alimikhena said.

While acknowledging that Nigeria is endowed with the land and manpower to boost palm oil production, the lawmaker emphasised that the focus should be directed toward returning to pre-independence status in palm oil production.
“We have no business importing palm kernel or any oil palm product from any country.
“At independence, agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy. More than 70 per cent of the population was engaged in agriculture.
“Apart from various food crops produced in the country, Nigeria was a major producer of palm oil/kernel, cocoa, groundnut and rubber.
“But following the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantity in the 70s, agriculture was neglected,’’ Alimikhena said.

He added that the importation of the product was harming the local palm industry and depleting foreign reserve.
“This is also threatening the viability of the industry into which many Nigerians have sunk huge sums of money in support of the government’s export promotion drive.
“If the palm industry is fully developed, it will guarantee mass employment and boost our foreign exchange earnings,’’ he added.
Contributing, Sen. Theodore Orji (Abia-PDP) said there was need to establish a special fund to encourage local production of palm oil in the country.
He also expressed concern that many oil production plants in the country were moribund.
According to Orji, palm oil used to be a major income earner for the country, but unfortunately many plants are dead.
On his part, Sen. Jibrin Barau(Kano-APC) called for introduction of policies that would be targeted at encouraging local production of cash crops.
Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano-APC) also urged the Federal Government to ban importation of cash crops that can be produced locally.
“Also there is need for the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to invite the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) on why it has failed to deliver on its mandate,’’ Kwankwaso said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that the importance of reviving the country’s palm oil industry cannot be overemphasised.
“There is need for this sector to be properly positioned to play its role as one of the major income earners for the country.
“When the palm oil sector is revived, it will boost employment,’’ Ekweremadu said. (NAN)

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ELECTION TRENDS: Check Out Your Most Search Electoral Candidates According To Google #NigeriaDecides2019

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As the election draws near, a lot of issues are coming into play, conflicts are arising, candidates are heavily campaigning and the only thing that’s new is the more involved participation of the social media in the political affairs of the country. Just to show how aware the masses want to be, Google has provided evidence of the most searched for subjects since the beginning of this year which are no surprisingly, related to politics and imminent matters that need to be resolved before the General election in February. It also covers your top searched presidential candidates and questions people are brimming to ask about them. Now I do not know why but one question about each president seems to revolve around his married life. Could it be that the measure of a president is based on whether or not he is a worthy father or family man?

Take a look at the list below

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Mavin Act, Di’ja Shows Philanthropic Side as She is Set to Hold “Save Me” Launch Concert in Lagos

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The Save Me Launch Campaign Lagos Edition is a movement that raise awareness for mental health and helping the young Millennial achieve psychological stability within our society. We aim at creating a platform where citizens are updated about Mental Health and its importance in achieving overall Health as we wish for those impacted to be able to live a life full of dignity, free of stigmatization and with good access to high quality health service.

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NGO to Offer Free Medical Services to 600 Persons in Kogi in New Outreach

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Waves Of Success Foundation (WSF) on Tuesday said it had concluded plans to organise free medical outreach for residents of Kogi State.
Mr Yusuf Okpanachi Ocholi, the Founder of the NGO (www.wsf.com.ng), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lokoja, that the aim was to provide free medical services for the less privileged in the selected areas.
Okpanachi added that the free medical outreach would be carried out at Adankolo community in Lokoja, and at ‘Our Lady of Schools’ in Anyigba on November 15 and 16, 2018, respectively.
“We are targetting 600 persons for free medical treatment in both Lokoja and Anyigba, to help the poor who cannot pay for their medical bill by treating them free of charge.
“We are creating a platform to reach out to the masses to see how we can alleviate their sufferings particularly the poor people in the society.
“We choose to offer medical services because everybody knows that there can be no success without health, which is the foundation of wealth.
“So, we want to start with foundation to ensure that people are healthy enough to stand in the way of success and be taken off the streets.
“Various kind of ailments will be diagnosed and treated, such as: hypertension, diabetes, malaria, athritis, pneumonia, ulcer, free eye testing, free eye glasses, free drugs, mass deworming of children, among others,” Okpanachi said.
He, therefore, urged the people of Kogi to take advantage of the outreach and come out en masse to access the free medical treatment.
Okpanachi, a businessman and philantropist, said that WSF had donated sewing machines, motorcycles to youths, and helped some widows to pay their children’s school fees.
According to him, the target beneficiaries of their programmes are vulnerable widows, women and youths such as empowerment, education, sports, talents, social funds, students and artisans’ grants, etc..
Okpanachi, however, called on well meaning Nigerians, groups, individuals and corporate organisations, who have the same mindset of taking people off the streets, to partner with them in helping the poor.
“Let us come together and see how we can impact lives and make the society better, because government alone cannot do it,” Okpanachi advised.
 

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Police investigate death of UNILAG Microbiology student, Niyi

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A 400-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Lagos, Adeniyi Ogundijo, died shortly after writing his final year exams, and it was alleged that he committed suicide. However, the rumor mill has it that

The men of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba are currently investigating the circumstances that led to his death. This because some people claim the deceased committed suicide over his poor academic performance but his friends claim that he was killed by unknown persons.

One of the coursemates of the deceased who spoke anonymously to Punch said the results of their examination were released as they prepared for their graduation.

UNILAG microbiology student commits suicide

We have a Whatsapp group chat and a course mate broke the news on the platform. The course mate had spoken to a relative of Niyi (Ogundijo), who said she lost her brother. The course mate asked to see his photo. Lo and behold, it was him. Although we got the news yesterday (Monday), we learnt he died on Saturday. A family member said he was with his friends when the incident happened. We also learnt that he had yet to return home since we finished the final exams.

“We have seen the results of all our papers. There are insinuations that he took local insecticide, Sniper. He was probably killed and those who did it made it appear like he committed suicide. Two of his friends have been arrested by the police. To the best of my knowledge, Niyi was a good student. He interacted well with people and had no reason to kill himself.”

A family member of the victim, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ogundijo was on a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.2 (Second Class Lower), adding that he did not know the result of the final exams.

“I don’t know where people got the idea that my brother committed suicide because he failed some courses. Why should he wait till his final year to do that? I have been in worse situations. I know my brother was a loner and could be quiet, but it did not mean he was depressed. I spoke to him this week and we had a good conversation. There was no issue with the family or anybody at all. About five of his friends have been arrested over this. Although I don’t know about the results of their final exams, his CGPA was 2.2 before the incident happened.” the relative said

A text message purportedly circulated by the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke on the death of the undergraduate reads

“I am saddened to confirm the untimely death of Mr Ogundijo Adeniyi Samson, of the Department of Microbiology with Matric no. 140807008. We have spoken to the father, who confirmed the death. He, however, declined to give additional information on the cause, nature or time of death. The DSA is arranging a condolence visit to the family. Kindly stop the speculation on the cause of death”.

Also speaking on the death of the undergraduate is the Principal Assistant Registrar, Communications Unit, University of Lagos, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, who said the cause of death is yet unknown. She added that the victim died outside the campus.

“The cause or nature of his death is not known. Here at the University of Lagos, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we wish eternal rest for the soul of the departed”.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Chike Oti, said investigation carried out so far by the police, shows that the deceased died after consuming Sniper.

“The deceased was a student who normally visited his friend from time to time. His friend and uncle lived in the same house. He had gone on the visit as usual when the friend and uncle later went out. By the time they returned to the house, they found him dead with an empty container of Sniper. However, the police are looking at a possible case of murder. Forensic investigation is being carried out on his corpse. Meanwhile, the uncle and friend are in our custody.” he sai

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Man Wins 24Million Naira on Nairabet with 1500 Naira, Owner Laments

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Akin Alabi, the CEO of betting company, NairaBet, took to his twitter account to lament on how a particular person won N24M after betting with N1500.

Akin who is a member of the Akin Alabi is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a candidate for the Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal constituency in Oyo State for the 2019 general elections, says it is the opposition parties fault PDP and ADC,

He wrote;

“So this guy won over N24m with N1,500 on @NairaBET. Some people have forgotten that I have an election to fund. Haba. This must be the work of PDP and ADC. The guy suppose donate to my campaign.For those that know how to check betslips, the number is 178549440.

Some people are just wicked. I’m planning a political campaign and this one is now chopping all the money 🤦‍♀️ NairaBET we created to just be playing o, somebody is now planning to send me to my village 🙄”

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