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Nigerians To Pay More For Bread As Russia-Ukraine War Rages 
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Nigerians To Pay More For Bread As Russia-Ukraine War Rages 

The price of bread, one of the most commonly eaten staples in most Nigerian homes is set to rise if the current Russian-Ukrainian war persists. Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat, accounting for more than 18 percent of international exports. The downside to the war is that if supply from Russia is distorted for whatever reason, Nigeria could be faced with further surging wheat prices in its local market as a result of the supply gap, which could lead to an increase in the price of some other by-products of wheat, such as bread, wheat meal amongst others. The price of bread was increased by more than 80 per cent between 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) had hinted at a 50 per cent increase in the price of b...
Killer fruit juice: Kano confirms 10 dead, 400 hospitalised, Lagos, Cross River, Sokoto warn residents
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Killer fruit juice: Kano confirms 10 dead, 400 hospitalised, Lagos, Cross River, Sokoto warn residents

The Kano State Government on Thursday said 10 people had died and 400 others hospitalised after drinking a poisonous fruit juice. The state government had last month said the poisonous fruit juice claimed three lives and  led to the  hospitalisation of 183 others. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa,  in a video recording made available to journalists in Kano on Thursday, stated that out of 400 people hospitalised, 50 persons were undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments. As the Kano State Government gave an update on the killer drink, Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Sokoto and Osun state governments urged residents to be vigilant before consuming any fruit drink. Although they urged residents not to panic, they advised them to check the expiry dates of dr...
Adesina: Buba Marwa and the Bad Guys
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Adesina: Buba Marwa and the Bad Guys

New things are happening at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and suddenly, there’s a throwback to the 1996-1999 Lagos State, when the then Colonel Mohammed Buba Marwa was the military administrator. Marwa took a broom, and swept Lagos almost clean. With Operation Sweep, criminals were given bloody noses, and sent scampering for cover. Roads, which had hitherto become craters, were suddenly fixed. Bitumen, which we had been told didn’t exist, miraculously materialized. Different aspects of life and livelihood were touched, and it became one big pleasure to live in the country’s commercial capital once again. Now, another Operation Sweep is happening at the NDLEA. President Muhammadu Buhari has unleashed Buba Marwa on the agency, and the bad guys are screaming blue mur...
Nigeria To Commence Manufacturing of Vaccines Soon – NAFDAC
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Nigeria To Commence Manufacturing of Vaccines Soon – NAFDAC

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon start manufacturing vaccines, with the upgrading of existing laboratories across the country. She stated that achieving the ISO 9001 in June 2019, which is the world’s most recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard, places the country in good standing to strive to get to maturity level three, which enables the country manufacture its own vaccines. Speaking during the NAFDAC’s Staff Recognition Award Ceremony for 2019 and 2020, where serving and retired staff were awarded for excellence and dedication, Prof. Adeyeye said, “NAFDAC is a leading national regulator in Africa. The Agency is driven by internation...
Governors Didn’t Hoard COVID-19 Palliatives – Akeredolu
Cost of Living, Covid-19, Food, Nigeria, Politics

Governors Didn’t Hoard COVID-19 Palliatives – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday,explained that his colleagues did not deliberately hoard palliatives made for their states. Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum, said the insistence on official flag-off ceremony by the Coalition Against COVID-19 before the distribution was largely responsible for the delay in distributing the items to the people of the states. The governor stated this while speaking at the church service marking the 3rd anniversary of enthronement of the Bishop of Owo Diocese, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Dr. Stephen Fagbemi, held at the All Saints Church Idasen Owo, Ondo State. He said, “Those states where the palliatives were warehoused, were also waiting for the donation of the remaining items ...
Nigeria Governors Forum Speaks on Hoarding Palliatives
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Nigeria Governors Forum Speaks on Hoarding Palliatives

Following allegations of hoarding COVID-19 palliatives, governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) debunked hoarding the palliatives intended for distribution to poor Nigerians to curb the hardship induced by the pandemic. The governors in a statement titled, ‘Governors and the CACOVID Palliatives,’ issued by Abudulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, Head of Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, said some state governors delayed distribution of all the palliatives to ‘keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19’. The AGF said governors have set up judicial panels of inquiry to address concerns of the #EndSARS movement and to prosecute officers of the Nigeria Police that violated the right of individuals. According to the statement, the NGF said, “The ...
Jegede Outlines Plans to End Farmers, Herders Clashes in Ondo
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Jegede Outlines Plans to End Farmers, Herders Clashes in Ondo

Eyitayo Jegede, flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP, in the Ondo State governorship election has vowed to put an end to the frequent classes between farmers and herdsmen in several communities in the state. He made the promise while addressing supporters from Aiyede/Ogbese, Ilu Abo, Bolorunduro, Alayere and Eleyeowo communities during his campaign rally. The governorship aspirant expressed sadness over alleged inability of the current All Progressive Congress (APC), government to arrest the situation by negotiating lasting truce between herders and farmers across the state. Jegede said, “We know you all have been neglected, in the face of frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers; if you vote for us, we will bring in a crisis-resolution mechanism that will make ev...
CBN Urges Nigerian Banks to Increase Agric Sector Lending to 10%
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CBN Urges Nigerian Banks to Increase Agric Sector Lending to 10%

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele has asked banks in Nigeria to consider increasing the percentage of loans available to the agriculture sector to 10 percent by 2024. Emefiele advocated for a spike in the current four per cent. This comes on the heels of optimism by Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed that the Nigeria economy will bounce back strongly within the near term with the right policy responses to the multidimensional crises occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CBN governor while delivering an address at the opening ceremony of the 13th Annual Banking and Finance Conference said the sum of N69 billion had so far been disbursed to over N140,000 beneficiaries from the N100 billion CBN COVID-19 support...
CBN Defends Policies, Responds to NESG’s Claims
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CBN Defends Policies, Responds to NESG’s Claims

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has defended its intervention programmes aimed at stimulating economic growth, saying it everted food crisis during the peak of COVID-19 lockdown. This was stated in a statement by the CBN titled, “Re: Matters of Urgent Attention,” signed by its Director, Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, which was in response to claims by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), that its stimulus programmes were without policy clarity. According to a statement released on Monday, NESG had alleged a huge loophole between food production and the needs of Nigerians despite the enormous sums disbursed by the CBN under its intervention programs. The CBN, in its reaction defended its action claiming its intervention packages were channeled to sectors crit...
Inauguration Speech by Dr Akinwumi Adesina on His Election for a Second 5-Year Tenure
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Inauguration Speech by Dr Akinwumi Adesina on His Election for a Second 5-Year Tenure

PROTOCOLS Your Excellency, President Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Governments Excellencies former Heads of State and Governments Chairperson of the African Union Commission The Former Commonwealth Secretary General Honorable Niale Kaba, the outgoing Chairperson of the Bureau of Governors of the African Development Bank Group and Minister of National Planning of Côte d’Ivoire— Madam “Quiet Force” or “Force tranquille” The new Chairperson of the Bureau of the Board of Governors, Honorable Ken Ofori Ata, Minister of Finance of Ghana Governors of the African Development Bank, from 81 capitals around the world ...