Mr Fatai Olayemi, the Chairperson of the Initiative, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Olayemi, BUILD is a way of seeking entrepreneurs and startups with innovative solutions, entrepreneurial mindset and can-do spirit.
He said, “It is to create funding and mentoring opportunities for young Muslim entrepreneurs and startups with innovative solutions aligned with the HELD agenda of the Society.”
The chairperson of the Initiative said that the 10 quarter finalists would undergo a virtual boot camp.
He said that they would showcase their solutions before a virtual pitch event involving a judging panel made up of industry experts, leading to announcement of winners in September 2020.
Olayemi said: “The winning pitch will get a 10,000 dollars investment from NASFAT, as well as potential investments by other angel investors, mentorship from renown entrepreneurs, industry linkages.
“It will also provide access to experts, access into incubator/accelerator husband accounting and legal support from the NASFAT Secretariat for 12 months.
“The 10 quarter finalists, out of many that submitted applicants are: Abideen Opeyemi Olasupo and Taibat Hussain Aduragba of OPAB Gas Station.
“Sodiq Ade Balogun of STEM Tutor; Bola Shakirah Ramos of Fashion Waste Recycling and Upcycling; Olayiwola Muhammad Jamiu of Autospect-Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspection Service.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
PCN seals 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises — Registrar
Dr Elijah Mohammed, Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says the council has sealed 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises during the month of July.
Mohammed made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, while giving an update of the council’s activities in July.
He said that out of the 1,179 pharmaceutical premises inspected by the council’s enforcement team, 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies were sealed.
“A total of 1,179 pharmaceutical premises were inspected during the visits and at the end of the visit, 808 premises were sealed including 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies,” Mohammed said.
The registrar expressed dismay over the uncontrolled proliferation of online pharmacies in the country.
He, however, cautioned people who engaged in the sales and promotion of medicines online to visit their PCN state offices to register the online pharmacies latest Aug. 31.
According to him, the minimum requirement for an online pharmacy is its direct affiliation to a registered physical brick and mortar pharmacy.
“Failure to do so will lead to the pulling down of such portals and subsequent prosecution.
“These include full-fledged online pharmacy websites, stores hosted on all purpose e-commerce sites and also those practiced on social media handles.
“Colleagues are encouraged to report erring online pharmacies to this email address [email protected],’’ he said.
Mohammed promised that the council was poised to deliver its full mandate especially as it concerned investigation and discipline of professional misconduct among players in the pharmaceutical.
The registrar also encouraged all frontline pharmacists to adhere to the strictest guideline for self-protection in a bid to eradicate COVID-19 virus in the shortest possible time.
He urged pharmacists not to let down their guards, noting that the virus infection rate was still on the increase.
“As lockdowns and restrictions are gradually relaxed across the country, I implore all colleagues not to let down their guards as we know that the virus infection rate is not slowing down.
“We commiserate with the families of colleagues who have died in the line of duty while we pray for the quick recovery of colleagues who are currently undergoing treatment,” he added.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
Man, 28, appears in court for alleged theft
A 28-year-old man, Okekunle Damilola, on Monday, appeared in an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for alleged theft of LG Plasma Television and other items valued at N211,000.
Damilola,whose address is not provided in court, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and burglary.
The prosecutor, Cpl Titi Olatoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 30 at about 2.48 a.m, at No.3 Nicholas road, Iju-Ota,Ogun.
Olatoye said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Oyewo Abiola, and stole a LG Plasma Television and other valuable valued at N211,000.
She alleged that Damilola was caught by a vigilante group and was taken to the police station.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 390 (9) and 411 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs Sam Obaleye, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in the like sum.
Obaleye said that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until Aug.19 for trial.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)
Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for stealing water tank
A Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun, on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Akintunde Segun, to one year imprisonment for stealing a water tank belonging to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
Magistrate Sam Obaleye sentenced Segun without option to pay fine, after he pleaded guilty to one-count charge of theft.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Cpl. Titi Olatoye, told the court that Segun committed the offence on July 30 at about 12 35 a m. at the High court, Ota, Ogun.
Olatoye said that the convict entered into the premise of the High court in Ota and stole ”Geepee” tank belonging to the NBA, valued at N50,000.
She said that the convict was arrested and taken to the Police Station, Ota, by one police officer after he could not give satisfactory answer as to where he was taking the tank to.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)